WHAT IS A COMMUNITY SUPPORTED FISHERY?
We first got the idea of a Community Supported Fishery (CSF) from our farmer friends who have been running CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) for years. The idea is that communities are brought closer by sharing the risks and rewards of (in this case) fishing. The fisherman gets the assurance of having a market for his fish thereby easing financial uncertainty and allowing a greater investment in the future of the boat. The consumer gets the highest quality product, the assurance that the product is local and a great price.
HOW WILL YOU BENEFIT FROM JOINING THE CSF?
You will receive the freshest, highest quality seafood that has been caught locally and harvested sustainably by Captain Mark Marhefka and his crew on the Fishing Vessel Amy Marie. Make no mistake this is not the fish you get at the markets. Almost all fish sold at local seafood markets and grocery stores has been trucked from other places and sometimes even brought in from Mexico. You will become more connected with where your seafood comes from, the fishermen that catch the seafood and the communities in which they live and work. When you pick up your fish from our dock you enjoy hearing Captain Mark’s stories from his latest trip, seeing the array of species caught off our coast, and getting to know the local shrimpers that tie up at the same dock.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF JOINING A CSF?
When you join a CSF you will also share the risks of a life dependent on the sea’s bounty! While your life will never face the danger that the Amy Marie’s crew does, by joining a CSF there is a risk to your investment. Weather is the main impediment to a fishing trip. Mark is known for his willingness to fish in just about any weather but we draw the line at Hurricanes and winds over 40 knots! In the history of Mark’s fishing career weather has never kept him off the sea for a month. Which should mean it is unlikely that weather will prevent you from getting your share in a month. Other risks in our industry include mechanical failure on the boat and increasing fishing regulations. Since our livelihood depends solely on catching fish you can be assured that if mechanical failure occurs everything will be done to get the boat back on the ocean as quickly as possible. Fortunately the regulatory process for fisheries management is a long, transparent process and we have many months if not years lead time when new regulations are being proposed so we can all adjust accordingly.
HOW DOES THE ABUNDANT SEAFOOD CSF WORK?
Because the weather and fish won’t follow our schedule (and we’ve tried!) our CSF must work a little differently than the way CSAs operate. It is impossible to determine when a fishing trip will begin and end in a given month and how many trips we can squeeze in so for the Abundant Seafood CSF we will sell shares based on the Amy Marie making two trips per month, which is the norm. On months when we don’t make two trips or trips are short and the catch is smaller we may have multiple one day pick ups
WHAT KIND OF FISH CAN I EXPECT IN MY CSF SHARE?
Captain Mark primarily fishes for species on the snapper grouper complex (this diverse group of reef fishes encompasses 72 species of fish including many species of snappers, groupers, grunts, jacks and sea bass) he also has permits to catch shark, mahi mahi (dolphin), and king mackerel but those species are caught incidentally to his snapper grouper catch.
The species you can expect most commonly in your CSF share are:
Vermillion Snapper, Black Sea Bass, Triggerfish, Pink Snapper, Amberjack
The species that you will find on occasion in your CSF share are:
Gag Grouper, Snowy Grouper, Red Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Mahi Mahi,
White Grunt, Little Tunny, Jolthead Porgy
HOW DO I PURCHASE A SHARE?
When you buy into our CSF, you can select between a FULL share and HALF share. A full share will provide you with 30 whole pounds of fish over the course of the cycle for $300. A half share will provide 15 whole pounds of fish over the course of the cycle for $150. Our CSF runs on quarterly cycles (January - March, April - June, July - September, and January - December). Please use our inquiry form below to find out if we have space available for our next cycle.