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Community Supported Fisheries - EV0532


This project will pilot and evaluate the creation of a Community Supported Fishery (CSF) linking fishermen to local consumers and acting as a specific mechanism to create a market for under-utilised or discarded fish species. The consumers will pre-pay for a regular fish box and become shareholders in the fisher’s business, thus creating a market for underutilised fish. Although this has been run previously in the US this will be the first time a business model in this form will have been applied to UK fisheries.


Three communities, one very near the coast and two further away based on receptiveness and willingness to participate will be recruited through outreach activities. Subscribers will receive a share of the CSF catch during a 12 week period. SeaWeb will promote engagement with the CSF through events and regular communication including: recipe competitions; fish preparation ideas and a ‘meet the fishers’ day. They will also test messages, price structures, frequency of deliveries, and preferred levels of fish preparation.


Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Defra EV0532 Catchbox Final Report Jan 2016   (5221k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2013

Cost: £156,302
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Brook Lyndhurst Ltd, SeaWeb
Behaviour change              
Fields of Study
Sustainable Consumption and Production