What is a CSF

A community supported fishery, or CSF for short, is a concept embedded in the larger "Locavorism" and "Slow Food" movement. The most common CSF model sells memberships or subscriptions to fishermen's catches. Advanced payments and minimum length of commitments are required. Members then pick up their shares at a distribution point in their neighborhood.

How it Works

▪︎ Choose a pickup site that is close to your home or work
▪︎ Choose a subscription, minimum of 4 weeks (can be non-consecutive) 

  1. One pound Share: 2-3 servings, or 1-1.5lbs of seafood $19
  2. Kau Share: 4-5 servings, or 1.5-2 lbs. of seafood $29
  3. ʻOhana Share: 8-9 servings, 3-4 lbs. of seafood $52

    ▪︎ Go to your pickup site at the designated time
    ▪︎ Enjoy fresh, local, pono seafood!

We provide local traceable seafood to your table each week. email us to Find out if we distribute in your neighborhood!

We source from local fishers directly to you!

  • For more information see member policy page.
  • Since we buy directly from our fishers, we are only supplying what is fresh and in season that week. Our seafood is not frozen unless otherwise stated and delivered to you within 2-3 days of being caught.
  • Preservation of a surplus of seafood that can be eaten in times of shortage is one way Local Iʻa contributes to our communityʻs sustainable food practices.
  • With your help we are able to support our fishers and have open dialogue about the status of our fisheries.
  • We have developed strong relationships with our fishers and we source only from local fishers who use pono fishing practices
  • You are able to know the whole story of your fish from dock to dish. Each of our shares comes with details of who caught it with more catch info provided upon request. We are in the process of creating a new traceability platform since we lost ThisFish a few years ago. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I buy local seafood?
Over 60% of our seafood is currently being imported. By buying locally caught seafood, you are supporting local fishermen and giving back to the local fishing community.
Why is it important to trace my seafood?

Traceable seafood allows you to know its entire story: the day it was caught, who caught and how it was caught. In the future with our traceability app, you will have the opportunity to learn about the health of the fisheries in which your seafood was harvested. Knowing the whole story enables you to make more informed decisions when you purchase your seafood.

Are we using farmed or wild seafood?
We are predominately using wild caught sustainable seafood. Occasionally, we will highlight certain aquaculture/aquaponics operations here in Hawaii.
How do I pay for it?
All payments are done online through an online CSA software called Farmigo. You will create an account on Farmigo in which you are able to track and make payments and modify your subscription to Local Iʻa. When you sign up, you commit to buying 4, 8, 12, 24, or 48 weeks of shares. You pay in increments of 4 weeks.
How do we know what is caught sustainably?
We have developed a list of sustainability standards, called our Pono Fishing Standards. These standards integrate the MSC pre-assessment criteria with traditional Hawaiian fishing knowledge.
Where are our profits going?
Our business is built on helping our fisheries thrive here in Hawaii. We support efforts that help to manage our stocks and help fishermen fish in sustainable ways. Profits at the end of every year will go to initiatives that help the fisheries.
Where does our seafood come from?
We are working directly with small “day boat” fishermen. Day boat fishermen fish and sell their catch all within one day. This ensures that we are providing you with the freshest possible seafood. We NEVER purchase fish from the auction.
How do I cancel my subscription?
By becoming a member of Local Iʻa, you are committed to the entire length of time that you signed up for. If a circumstance arises that you are unable to fulfill your commitment, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Decisions regarding refunds will be made on an individual basis.
Are we selling to restaurants?
Most restaurants want a steady consistent supply of seafood. We are getting our seafood directly from the fishermen who fish from wild stocks. We cannot guarantee to restaurants a steady consistent supply. We are currently working with restaurants that have the flexibility within their menu to offer a wide range of seafood including Fete, Kaimuki Superette, Senia, and La Vie.
Where do I pick up my fish?
Kaimuki Superette, Kokua Market, HonBlue (downtown), and our Farmers market locations. More pickup locations coming soon!
How much does it cost?
There are 2 types of fish shares: A Kau Share is $29 each week and feeds 2-3 people once a week (usually between 1.5-2lbs of fish). An Ohana Share is $52 and feeds 4 people once a week or 2 twice).
What is included in my share?
Each share contains fresh, local, pono seafood, sourced directly from fishers to your plate. Each share contains a unique code that tells the story of your seafood, as well as a recipe on how you can prepare it included in our newsletter.

CSF Core Values

Although no two CSFs are the same, they seek to embody the following core values
Community-Based Fisheries

Community-based fisheries enhance the social, ecological, and cultural fabric of our coastal communities. At the heart of community-based fisheries are community-based fishermen* who live and work in the communities where they fish. They are typically independent, owner-operators*, and are inherently committed to the long-term health of the marine ecosystem. Seafood supply chains and policies should foster and strengthen community-based fisheries.

Fair Access

Community-based fisheries cannot survive without equitable access* to the ocean commons. Fisheries access should be kept affordable, available to future generations, and connected to the communities where they are fished. The ocean and its resources should be held in public trust and not privatized*.

Fair Price

Paying a fair price to fishermen, processors, and shore-side businesses helps support local economies and increases the quality of life for all those whose hands touch our fish. Community-based seafood should be available and affordable for all communities, and must be balanced against the needs and limits of the ocean as well as fishermen’s ability to sustain a livelihood with dignity and joy. Paying a fair price is also based on a conservation ethic where fishermen are able to attain higher value for lower volume of catch, which places less pressure on the fish stocks.

Eating with the Ecosystem

Eating with the ecosystem means matching our seafood consumption to the rhythms of nature and place. It means celebrating and respecting a region’s marine biodiversity by harvesting a diversity of seafood and respecting the unique seasonality of every species and fishery. It means appreciating the ocean as a complex ecological system and engaging and educating consumers to enable them to become conscious consumers of the ocean’s food production capacity.

Traceable and Simple Supply Chains

Traceable and simple supply chains promote trust and a more direct relationship between fishermen, the public, consumers, retailers, wholesalers, managers and chefs. More direct and simple supply chains help maximize value to the fishermen and consumer. Information on who, how, where, and when a fish was caught, processed and distributed should be readily available to consumers. We encourage all seafood consumers to try local* first.

Catch and Handle with Honor

From sea to table, strict levels of quality control and safe handling practices ensure that we honor the fish, its life, and its role in our food system. This also means minimizing waste by using the whole animal as much as possible, and educating consumers about how to make use of and care for the whole fish.

Community and Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management

Fisheries management is key for maintaining sustainable fish stocks and livelihoods. Management should be bottom-up, ecosystem-based, and foster collaboration between fishermen, scientists, policy makers, and the broader public. Management should combat illegal fishing, consolidation, and privatization. Management should also address non-fishing impacts that threaten the health of our fisheries, such as climate change, ocean acidification, and pollution.

Honoring the Ocean

Seafood connects and incentivizes the broader public to care for marine ecosystems. By eating seafood and knowing who, what, when, and how a fish was caught, the public is taking the health of wild fisheries, coastal communities and the ocean into its own hands. Not only is the commitment to healthier marine ecosystems crucial, but it is also a moral imperative that ensures future generations will inherit a clean and healthy ocean.

Creativity and Collaboration

Building a better seafood system requires innovation, creativity, and thinking outside the box. It also requires that innovative ideas are not isolated but rather spread through a network of diverse stakeholders working together, aligning around shared values, and acting. Creativity and networking fosters knowledge sharing, collective understanding, and mentorship needed to build a better future.


We proudly source local, in-season seafood and distribute it directly to consumers islandwide.
Visit our kitchen in Kaimuki on Saturdays or our farmers' market booth on Sundays in Mililani. You can also enjoy our fish prepared by a select few chefs and restaurants on Oahu!