Sustainability at Meredith College
support Meredith alumna in supporting NC community fisheries
Samantha Rice, RD,LDN Meredith Class of 1996, is working with Walking Fish Cooperative, a community supported fishery that links fishermen on the coast to seafood-loving community members in the Triangle. This spring the Walking Fish Cooperative, in partnership with Duke University's Live for Life program, is piloting a CSF in Raleigh at the Duke Hospital.The season will run for 8 weeks beginning April 28th with Thursday afternoon pick-ups at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Walking Fish is entering its fifth CSF season and is looking forward to again supporting community, seafood, and innovation.
A community supported fishery (CSF) is based on the community supported agriculture (CSA) model. A CSF involves pre-payment by consumers for a ‘share’ of fresh, locally harvested seafood (i.e. a set amount of seafood generally picked up by the consumer on a weekly or bi-weekly basis). Just as CSAs can encourage sustainable and profitable farming practices, CSFs have the potential to do the same for fishing. This spring we will offer a variety of seafood, including: flounder, triggerfish, clams, softshell clams, shrimp and mahi mahi.
This initiative takes root in the belief that people – whether they be coastal fishermen or local consumers – play an important role in creating solutions to the social, economic, and environmental challenges we face. The goals of this project are simple: to foster economic opportunities, to cultivate healthy communities, and to encourage environmental stewardship.