What are the benefits of being a member?

Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery (CSF) is a triple bottom-line business which means the benefits are in many different areas:

Environmental benefits:

  • CSF programs began as a method to help marine ecosystems recover from the effects of overfishing while supporting fishing communities

  • Fishers are able to alter their target species based on what is abundant, not what is in high demand by the larger supply chain.

  • Exploited species are given a break

  • Provides a framework through which fishers and consumers can creatively steward marine resources

  • Because we cut out the middleman we can afford to pay fishers a higher price per lb so they don’t need to resort to higher-impact, less sustainable fishing practices to stay in business

Economic benefits:

  • Ensures independent, small-scale, low-impact fishing families receive a fair price for their catch and are able to remain in an industry dominated by big business and aquaculture

  • Ensures that members pay a fair, stable price for their seafood and understand exactly where their dollars are going

Social benefits:

  • Engages fishers and community members in a more robust local food system

  • Establishes a transparent chain-of-custody from boat to fork

  • Increases access to premium, local, sustainably harvested seafood.

  • Educates consumers about local fisheries practices and concerns directly from the fishers while fishers gain knowledge about what their consumers value.

And don’t just take our word for it! Skipper Otto is a proud Ocean Wise Partner, and is a certified Living Wage Employer, and a certified BCorp.