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January 27, 2009

Maine Shrimp + CSFs = Creative Marketing

In a recent article entitled Fresh Catch for the Washington Post, Nancy Harmon Jenkins wrote about Community Supported Fisheries (CSFs), and in particular the Port Clyde Fresh Catch that we are so fortunate to have in our neighborhood.

We've read a lot recently about the lesson Maine groundfishermen have learned to turn a profit with: the CSF. Adapted from the idea on land, where farmers basically sell a fraction of their stock in produce to consumers who have access to a ready and fresh supply of vegetables (over a fixed period of time for a set cost), you could say our Port Clyde fishermen are ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation for sustainability and survival.

It's no secret that recent regulations and continued proposals of damaging future regulations have created a "necessity is the mother of invention" strategy. But it makes sense. And we hope it continues to catch on and be supported by Mainers who don't want to see their friends and families lose their jobs, and Maine lose a product and process that has been a way of life here for generations.

From the staff at Maine Food & Lifestyle magazine.

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