Did You Know: Montauk Is Ground Zero for Community Supported Fisheries

Lucky us. On Long Island it’s easy to find fresh fish. Try living in suburban New Jersey, where my sister lives, and you have to drive two towns over to find a store that sells fish and only fish. Otherwise you’re left with the supermarket. Google fish markets on Long Island, and the list is long. Last year Newsday found 22 it wanted to feature. At Edible we regularly celebrate our fishmongers.

This hasn’t slipped the attention of the greater fish community. Last year the Fisheries Innovation Fund awarded $55,000 to Concerned Citizens of Montauk, which was working with Dock to Dish, to launch and create a manual on community supported fisheries (see below). This is a great way to get money in the hands of fishermen, who face the vagaries of weather, the market and strict, evolving regulations. It’s also a great way to get even fresher fish in the hands of people who appreciate it.

Keep an eye out for more information on CSFs and development of restaurant supported fisheries in the next issue of Edible East End.

Creating Community Supported Fisheries, Montauk, Long Island (NY)
Grantee: Concerned Citizens of Montauk
Fisheries Innovation Fund Award: $55,000; Matching Funds: $55,000; Total Project: $110,000

The Concerned Citizens of Montauk (CCOM) will establish a Community Supported Fishery (CSF) in Montauk, New York, the state’s largest commercial fishing port. CCOM will use its Creating CSFs application, a community capacity-building program, to strengthen the long-term viability of the Montauk fishing community by generating and fulfilling consumer demand for sustainable, traceable fisheries products, and incentivizing participating producers through elevated profits. CCOM will then develop a best-practices guide to creating CSFs.