The North Atlantic is poised to get a little closer to Groton this spring, and it isn’t because of global warming. Cape Ann Fresh Catch (CAFC), a Gloucester-based community supported fishery (CSF), is collecting names of Groton residents who are interested in getting fresh-from-the boat fish each week or every other week. If enough people express an interest in the sustainable fishing organization, shares of “wicked fresh” seafood will be dropped off in Groton each Friday for pickup.
Cape Ann Fresh Catch is already delivering to Chelmsford and 17 other locations in Massachusetts. Started by the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wifes Association in 2009, CAFC buys seafood from Gloucester area fishermen and seafood companies. Members pay $22-26 per week for two to four pounds of whole fish or fillets, or alternating deliveries of the two types.
“We don’t know what the species will be on any given day,” Steve Tousignant, Operations Manager, said “That’s up to the Gulf of Maine.”
Which means that what subscribers to the service receive varies with what the boats bring in. Besides the whole fish or fillets options, a “Neptune’s Choice,” is even more of a wild card, because it includes seafood other than fish. Recently, that extra cost option has included crabmeat, lobster, scallops, and northern shrimp, he said.
According to the CAFCweb site:
Members join the program by purchasing a share for a season. Each week during a season, at a designated delivery site, CAFC members pick up their shares of fresh seafood. Weâ€™re just like a CSA but with seafoodâ€”a CSF.
This arrangement benefits local fishermen, the environment, our local economy, and youâ€”CAFC members. Local fishermen are helped by having new, more sustainable, markets for their product. Because the distance travelled and its carbon footprint of putting dinner on your plate is greatly reduced, the environment benefits. By keeping all costs community-based, our local economy prospers. And you — the CAFC member — get the freshest and highest quality seafood available.
It’s a win-win-win-win for our local fishermen, our environment, our local economy, and you!
The delivery location would probably be Groton Wellness in the Mill Run shopping area, on Fridays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Tousignant said that about half the required number of subscribers were already on board. He added that the Nashoba Board of Health would complete a truck inspection before Groton becomes a delivery point.
Tousignant said that people interested in signing up for a share should email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chelmsford delivery arrives at Jone’s Farm on Acton Road (SR 27) each Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.