Lo­cal I‘a Hooks Cus­tomers

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Love seafood and the ocean? Want to know ex­actly where and when your seafood was caught, so you can rest as­sured that it is la­beled cor­rectly? Lo­cal I‘a Com­mu­nity Sup­ported Fish­ery pro­vides fair-trade, 100-per­cent lo­cal seafood, trace­able from boat to plate us­ing an on­line plat­form called ThisFish cre­ated by Ecotrust.

We tell the story of the seafood dis­trib­uted by up­load­ing catch de­tails of when, caught, as well as who caught it. We pay fish­ers the price re­quested per pound and sell it di­rectly to the com­mu­nity. A shorter sup­ply chain pro­vides fresher prod­ucts to the con­sumer and higher wages to the fisher. The de­plet­ing higher. This al­lows fish­ers to fish less, and the pop­u­la­tions of fish re­plen­ishes more eas­ily. Lower pay to fish­ers is com­mon­place in the seafood in­dus­try, and cre­ates the need to catch more state reg­u­la­tions, tra­di­tional knowl­edge and Seafood Watch guide­lines.

the story of the fisher who caught it, pro­vid­ing muchde­served op­por­tu­ni­ties for grat­i­tude to be ex­pressed our Thank a Fisher op­tion, whereby com­mu­nity mem­bers can send a mes­sage to trace­abil­ity plat­form. Fish­ers work very hard to bring our seafood to the table, and we are hon­ored to pro­vide a way for the peo­ple who en­joy their seafood to pro­vide grat­i­tude!

- tion out­lets: farm­ers mar­kets - lo Co-op, whole­sale to chefs and lo­cal restau­rants, cater­ing and pop-up events, and our CSF ser­vice. The com­pany was started as a CSF alone, pro­vid­ing a share of seafood much like a CSA ser­vice does with pro­duce. Pay­ment is taken up front for a cer­tain num­ber of shares to that week.

Al­though we are a for-profit busi­ness, we are also a so­cial-im­pact en­ter­prise. The com­pany do­nates prof­its to ar­eas of con­ser­va­tion and com­mu­nity- build­ing. The bot­tom line doesn’t al­ways have to be mon­e­tary. In our case, it is ocean con­ser­va­tion

Fish­ing for more in­for­ma­tion? Visit lo­cali­a­hawaii. com.

Ash­ley Watts tak­ing an ‘ahi out of the cooler to process and filet.

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