We are committed to the principle that the fish in the ocean are a shared resource. We are simply catching it for those who enjoy eating it but can’t catch it themselves. In that spirit we work both on the water and off to ensure that the populations of fish we rely on, and the habitat they rely on, are managed so there will plenty of fish for generations to come.
Abundant Seafood CSF
About Abundant Seafood CSF
For most of Mark’s fishing career he followed the traditional business model in which fishermen would come in from a fishing trip and tie their boats up at seafood dealer’s dock and sell his entire catch to that dealer who then usually sold the catch to a bigger seafood wholesaler. The fish caught in the Charleston area would often trucked to markets in Atlanta, Baltimore and New York before being shipped far and wide and including back to Charleston to end up on our dinner plates. In 2006, faced with tighter fishing regulations and other financial burdens we knew the future meant we needed to make more money with less fish. Mark took a leap of faith and went out on his own. By cutting out the middleman and selling our catch directly to local restaurants we were able to catch less fish and keep the fish that we caught in the local food chain with only a few miles between the boat and the plate. This move allowed Kerry to join the family business. In 2010 they expanded by starting one of the first Community Supported Fishery programs in the country. Now the fish that Mark (and a few elect like-minded fisherman pals) catches in on the menu at most of the best restaurants in the Carolinas and also being cooked in family kitchens around the Lowcountry.
Seafood OfferedGrouper, Shrimp, Snapper, Swordfish, Triggerfish, Tuna, COMMON: Vermillion Snapper, Black Sea Bass, Triggerfish, Pink Snapper, Amberjack OCCASIONAL: Gag Grouper, Snowy Grouper, Red Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Mahi Mahi, White Grunt, Little Tunny, Jolthead Porgy, Wreckfish, Swordfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Shrimp
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What are the Local Catch core values?
The value statements outlined below aim to create a higher level of accountability and trust, both internally within the network and externally to the public, in order to advance the movement of Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) and like-minded community-based seafood operations.
- Community-Based Fisheries
- Fair Access
- Fair Price
- Eating with the Ecosystem
- Traceable and Simple Supply Chains
- Catch and Handle with Honor
- Community and Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
- Honoring the Ocean
- Creativity and Collaboration