Alaskan’s Own Seafood, which is a community-supported fishery (CSF) program run by the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA), has opened and is receiving subscription orders for the 2017 season.
Alaskans Own was the first CSF program in Alaska. Now in its eighth year, AO was created to connect consumers to small boat fishermen, ensure that more fish caught in Alaska stays in Alaska, and create a sustainable source of revenue to support ALFA’s Fishery Conservation Network, which engages fishermen and scientists in conservation and research initiatives.
Similar to community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, CSF programs address an important environmental and socio-economic need by strengthening consumer-producer relationships. By forward-funding a season of seafood, subscribers invest in sustainable harvest and the rural fishermen who catch their fish, as well as supporting the web of seafood-related jobs that provide the economic backbone for our coastal communities.
Alaskans Own has just released its prices, and early bird customers who subscribe before Saturday, April 15, will receive these prices (which are at a 10-percent discount).
Sitka CSF Prices:
- Four Month half share (5 lbs/month, May-August), $300
- Four Month full share (10 lbs/month, May-August), $435
- Six Month half share (5 lbs/month, May-October), $565
- Six Month full share (10 lbs/month, May-October), $825
Non-Sitka CSF Prices (available in Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Seattle):
Four Month half share (5 lbs/month, May-August), $330
- Four Month full share (10 lbs/month, May-August), $480
- Six Month half share (5 lbs/month, May-October), $605
- Six Month full share (10 lbs/month, May-October), $885
There are four-month and six-month subscriptions available starting in May. The six-month subscriptions allow people to keep receiving freshly caught seafood through October instead of August, when the traditional four-month subscriptions end. Half-subscriptions also are available. Subscriptions include a mix of locally troll-caught black cod (sablefish), halibut, king salmon, coho salmon, lingcod and miscellaneous rockfish, depending on the commercial fishing season and prices.
“Alaskans Own’s model is unique from other CSFs because it is not only connecting customers to the fishermen that caught their fish, it is supporting a range of fishermen-sourced conservation initiatives,” says Alyssa Russell, ALFA’s Communications Coordinator. “We’re so excited to be bringing customers to another year of sustainably-caught, delicious seafood.”
If you don’t live in one of our CSF cities and are interested in ordering fish in bulk, please feel free to contact Alyssa Russell or Willow Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 747-3400.
Please purchase your fish by visiting our online store at alaskansown.com
Learn more about our Fishery Conservation Network at alfafish.org