Fisheries

Portuguese “Basket of the Sea” links fishermen directly to consumers

Portuguese “Basket of the Sea” links fishermen directly to consumers

Portuguese “Basket of the Sea” links fishermen directly to consumers

15/12/2014

Supported by the European fisheries funds, a Portuguese community has created a scheme to bring fish directly from the fishermen to the consumers.

This “basket of the sea” is composed of local catch from Odemira fishermen which is sold through a contract with its customers: after agreeing on the price and frequency (every week, two weeks or once a month) they get the best local seasonal fish at a price both fair for the fishermen and for the customer. As fishermen include a minimum of 30% of lesser known species in their basket, they also participate in improving the fisheries sustainability.

This project, supported by a Fisheries Local Action Group, was initiated by a local development association that teamed up with local fishermen to set up the scheme, which is now implemented by the fishermen themselves. After starting in early 2014, the scheme went from 11 customers in March 2014 to 60 in June.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLJvJADp9uM&feature=youtu.be