Community Supports Fishing Co-op 

Starting this Sunday, Blue Hill will be the latest community able to buy fresh fish from the Community Supported Fishery.The CSF is a co-op that operates out of Port Clyde, and it’s gaining the support of many Mainers.Fishermen in Port Clyde who are part of the Community Supported Fishery, or CSF, are trying to save their floundering industry and make the most of Maine’s Coast.”We’ve got a wonderful resource here in the gulf of Maine, and the other thing that we’re in danger of losing is access to that resource. Access comes through our fishermen.” says Glen Libby, President of the Mid-Coast Co-op.The number of fishermen who call the ports of Maine home has dwindled in recent years.Libby says, “There’s only one boat between Port Clyde and the Canadian Border, off Mt. Desert Island. One ground fish boat left that actively fishing and very few permits left.”The Fish Co-Op helps the fishermen maintain a viable business. Folks can buy shares of fish, and the group delivers to sites through out the state on a weekly basis.”We pack the shares in bags, and put them on ice, and go to the towns. You get a tray with half shares, tray with full shares, tray with whole fish, like that.” explains Libby.The fish are freshly caught, and they’ll even fillet them for customers.Libby adds, “There’s a real desire to have your local fisherman and of course the local foods movement is big now.”A half share is fifteen dollars a week, and a full share is 30. More of the money goes to those who made the catch.”We get more price for our product. When we bring it in, we bring in really nice fresh product, we like to get paid for it.” says Gary Libby, Capt. of the Leslie and Jessica, a fishing boat in Port Clyde.He says fisherman say they also like the co-op because of the community connections they create.”I’ve done some deliveries, I’ve been on the truck, and dropped off at some of our locations. You do get people who look forward to seeing you every week.”