MERMAID’S GARDEN COMMUNITY SUPPORTED FISHERY
What is a Community Supported Fishery (CSF)?
A CSF is a model that connects fish eaters to fishermen. Participants commit to an agreed upon season, during which they receive regular “shares” of fresh fish. CSF’s seek to reconnect coastal communities to their food system, promote sustainable fishing practices, and strengthen relationships between fishermen and the people they feed.
What is the advantage to joining a CSF?
By committing to a CSF, you are guaranteed a weekly supply of super fresh, sustainable fish at a reasonable price. Your participation also ensures the fair compensation of the fishermen we work with. All of our fish is traceable back to the boat it was caught on, the fisherman who caught it and the catch method that was used. The Mermaid’s Garden CSF offers higher quality, value and transparency than traditional retail models.
How do the shares work?
You can purchase either a half- share or a full- share. Both share types run in four week cycles. Half- shares (1-1.25 lbs/week) comfortably feed two people once a week and cost $70. for four weeks. Full- shares (2- 2.25 lbs/week) comfortably feed four people once a week (or two people twice) and cost $140. for four weeks. There is a one time sign up fee of $15. for both share sizes.
What kind of fish are offered in the Mermaid’s Garden CSF?
Expect to see a variety of local Long Island and New England fishes year round, including: Acadian Redfish, Black Bass, Bluefish, Haddock, Hake, Mahi Mahi, Monkfish, Pollock, Porgy, Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass, Summer Flounder, Swordfish, Tilefish, Tuna and more.
Do you offer shellfish as well as finfish?
Shares consist of filleted fish. Shellfish and whole fish options will be made available during the season as substitutions or additions to your fillet share.
Will all the fish be local?
Most of the fish in the shares will be local. Nonetheless, Mermaid’s Garden is committed to supporting fishing communities across the United States. In the winter we migrate South for some of our fish. We also offer special items like wild Alaskan salmon or Florida stone crabs in their seasons. We guarantee that all of our fish is caught by small boat fishermen using sustainable fishing methods.
Some of the species listed are on the “avoid” list on my seafood guide? How can they be sustainable?
Many things determine a species’ status on an advisory list, including the health of its population and most common catch method. If a species’ population is healthy but has a destructive catch method, we find fishermen using low-impact fishing methods to supply these species. Similarly, we work with some fishermen who have modified their trawling gear, making a traditionally destructive fishing method much healthier for ocean environments. We are committed to not offering fishes that are overfished or subject to overfishing, per the National Marine Fisheries Service’s quarterly Stock Status Reports.