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Jul 9, 2009 11:13 PM

Community supported fishery in the Bay area?

Surely I'm not the only one who heard this story on NPR ( about a community supported fishery (run like a CSA, but with fish, genius, right?) in the Boston area ( So, does this exist in the Bay area?

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  1. I was wondering the same thing, maybe we should start one.

    1. I just recently moved to SF from Boston, where I had a share of Cape Ann Fresh Catch. It was a fantastic experience learning to fillet all kinds of fish. I'm wondering if, 2 years later, the Bay Area has anything like this. Chowhound and google searches are pointing to no, but I thought I'd ask the experts.

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      1. re: Spenbald

        I just read something about this recently. The corporate chef at Google (Olivia Wu, she is a well known SF food writer also) has started a program for Google employees.

        The Half Moon Bay fishermen are considering expanding to offer the service to the general public.

        Here is one link:

        1. re: pamf

          Nice! And, I just discovered this: Looks promising!

          1. re: Spenbald

            I'm a member of SirenSeaSA, if you have any questions about my experience with it let me know. Overall it's been great, can't complain at all about the quality or freshness of the fish or shellfish. Not cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for. Happy to see new options for different sized shares are coming, I love fish but two pounds a week for just me is a lot.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          We recently joined H & H Fresh Fish CSS (community supported seafood) in the South Bay and have been very impressed with their quality and service. They sell at various farmer's markets (Monterey to Oakland) or you can buy a weekly subscription for local pickup.

        2. In case people are still looking for this kind of thing in the Bay Area, I just found out about this CSF, which is about to kick off with a halibut pilot in SF and Oakland:

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          1. re: jenguevin

            Kind of a confusing site. The "news" page actually explains what they're doing:

            1. re: jenguevin

              Hi. I run Fair Share CSF with my partner, Jessica Lattif. We were inspired by our experience with Cape Ann Fresh Catch in Boston, and decided to start a CSF upon returning to the Bay Area. It seems like this model is really catching on in California, as CSFs have been cropping up along the coast. Another one worth mentioning is Local Catch Monterey Bay:, for those a little further south.

              We're planning to launch a full subscription-style membership service in late August. In the meantime, I'd be happy to answer any questions here on the board, or via our website.

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