About

About CSF

Caribbean Sustainable Fisheries is a sustainable commercial enterprise. The driving force behind CSF is entrepreneur Giles Cadman.

Inspired by research from the World Fish Center about sustainably farming lobsters on land and by the traditional fishing families in the British Virgin Islands, Giles created an innovative approach to benefit both the community, industry, and environment. 

The problem with aquaculture today

There are laws in place to avoid overfishing, however, they are inadequate. They only work when practiced – and it’s hard to enforce domestic laws against large foreign trawlers who hover between international and domestic waters.

Conventional aquaculture is regulated by catch size limits to ensure each animal grows to adulthood and has the chance to breed once before being caught. This approach is insufficient because of natural selection, which will drive the lobster population to become smaller and smaller.

The bigger the lobster, the more eggs it can produce. In failing to protect bigger lobsters, we are failing to protect the species’ most important breeders. This traditional model of aquaculture gradually destroys the population’s ability to replenish itself.

How we work

Conventional farming practices target adult fish by removing them from the wild to breed on a farm, however, a fish’s chance of surviving a short transition from the ocean to a shallow water nursery is 1 in 100. Removing these survivors is not sustainable because they are the breeders of the population – the ecosystem needs them survive.

We’ve realized that removing baby lobsters (post-larvae) from the water to raise on the farm has virtually no impact because the lobster mortality rate is naturally exceptionally high. This idea of focusing on post-larvae lobsters makes sense both environmentally and economically

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