Community Supported Fisheries & Guiding Principle
- Are the participating boats owner-operated?
- Is there transparency and traceability? The seafood must be traced in a short, speedy path from who is catching the fish and how to the consumer’s plate.
- How much of the profit goes directly back to the fishermen? The majority of the profits must go back to the boat that caught it, not a middleman.
- Do the participating fishermen support fisheries that sustain local communities and ensure future generations have access to fishery resources?
- Are decisions made at the most local level with the inclusion of all relevant and affected fishermen and community members?
- Are decisions made that represent a full diversity of views and interests, rather than controlled by a single view or interest?
- Are the highest standards of credibility and ethical conduct, fair and accurate distribution of information, and full disclosure and accountability maintained?
- Are the seafood products of the highest quality and freshness?
- Are consumers receiving local, seasonal seafood that is handled with great care by community fishermen?
- Are the fish caught in the most sustainable way? The fish must be caught as sustainable as possible with constant improvements to scale and gear.
- Are the seafood products made available with the least practicable amount of impact to the environment, habitat and local fish populations?