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What is a community supported fishery?

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

Most people by now have heard of a CSA, community supported agriculture, where you commit to purchase local farm produce on a regular basis, assuring the farmer of a stable source of income and the consumer of a regular source of fresh, local produce. But have you heard of a CSF? That’s a community supported fishery and operates on the same concept. In 2010, our next guest and her husband actually started one of the first CSFs in the nation in our Lowcountry. Mike Switzer interviews Kerry Marhefka, co-owner of Abundant Seafood in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.