Community Supported Fishery Expands to Anchorage to Benefit Alaska’s Fishermen
A new spin on seafood is making an appearance in Anchorage this spring: Alaskans Own Community Supported Fishery (CSF) has come to the state’s largest city. Alaskans Own began in Sitka in 2010 and Juneau the following year. Alaskans Own connects consumers with community-based fishermen and their carefully fished and processed seafood. Alaskans Own is the state’s first and only multi-species CSF.
Modeled after Community Supported Agriculture programs that deliver fresh produce from local farmers, Community Supported Fisheries offer deliveries of seafood from community-based fishermen. Alaskans Own will provide Anchorage consumers with some of the best seasonal seafood the Gulf of Alaska has to offer.
“It’s fantastic to see new opportunities budding that make it easier to support local fishermen. While our organization has run a CSF with Kodiak crab for several years in Anchorage, the need and demand for a more diverse CSF that can provide an array of seafood products has become clear,” said Kelly Harrell, Executive Director of Alaska Marine Conservation Council.
Alaskans Own provides a unique opportunity for conscientious consumers in Anchorage to support small-scale, fishing families. The men and women who catch Alaskans Own seafood are committed to sustainable fishing to ensure future generations have access to abundant fish. Profits from the CSF are returned to fishing communities through Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust (ASFT) programs.
Gordon Blue, Executive Director of ASFT explains, “Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust strengthens fishing communities with local projects in collaborative research, consumer education, and enhanced economic opportunity. The success of these programs directly depends on Alaskans Own subscribers. Alaskans Own fishermen bring fresh seafood to local processors and directly to you.”
Alaskans Own CSF program provides subscribers with options that fit everyone’s needs. Subscribers can choose to receive 4 or 6 monthly deliveries and 20 or 60 pounds per season. The seasonal selection of seafood includes a variety of carefully prepared individual portions of black cod, halibut, king and coho salmon, rockfish and lingcod.
Nancy Yaw Davis, an Alaskans Own subscriber in Sitka has enjoyed her shares for two seasons. "Alaskans Own efforts provide us with absolutely wonderful fish – and the opportunity to feel connected to our community and ocean resources."
Anchorage residents can begin subscribing now and must sign up by May 1st. The first delivery will be on May 29th. For more information, visit www.alaskansown.com
The Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust’s mission is to strengthen Alaskan fishing communities and marine resources through scientific research, education, and economic opportunity.