Community Seafood

Community Supported Fishery (CSF)


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About Community Seafood

We are a grassroots effort to support our fishing community and a sustainable future for our seafood harvest.

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Species Offered

White Seabass, Black Cod, Ling Cod, Halibut, Yellowtail, Rockfish, Sardine, Anchovies, Squid, Mussels, Rock Crab, Ridgeback Shrimp, Opah, Sheephead, Swordfish, Tuna, Clam, Oyster, Thresher Shark, Angel Shark, Salmon

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

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The Santa Barbara Channel supports a small-scale owner-operated fishing fleet that responds dynamically to the seasonal and annual changes in seafood availability in the Channel. Fishing a diversity of species helps avoid overexploitation of single species. Supporting small-scale local fishermen instead of industrial fishing boats from elsewhere supports less waste, more transparency and accountability, and fair trade!

Santa Barbara fishermen get better prices by selling their seafood locally. Better profits allow them to fish more selectively, leading to lighter resource use. Also, when buying from local fishermen, we can create price incentives for continuing to improve environmentally friendly fishing practices.