About Michelle Rose CSF

- connecting nature, society and the economy in a holistic and balanced way

Would you like to eat tasty, locally and sustainably caught seafood and help support local fishermen involved in sustainable fisheries?

By becoming part of Michelle Rose Community Supported Fishery (CSF) you can:

·         Have healthy and sustainable seafood year around
·         Connect directly with the local fishing community,
·         Learn more about how sustainable fisheries work, and
·         Help build community in the Cowichan Valley and South Island.

A community supported fishery is direct fair trade between fishermen and consumer. As a member of a CSF you get the highest quality seafood produced on the west coast at prices that are fair to both members and fishermen.
My name is Guy Johnston. I have been a fisherman for over 30 years. I fish by trap for prawns and shrimp, while I use hook and line to catch salmon, all low impact fishing methods.
As a member of Michelle Rose CSF, you would buy a share of the year’s catch before the season. A share is made up of shellfish (prawns and shrimp) or various species of salmon or a combination of shellfish and salmon. Members can pick-up their seafood at either Cowichan Bay or Brentwood Bay - shellfish early summer, salmon late summer.
Michelle Rose seafood is harvested to ensure that we produce the highest quality seafood. All our catch has been certified sustainable and best choice by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program.
All the catch is frozen at sea at the time of capture, meeting the highest level of quality - the sushi standard. Prawns and shrimp are packaged in 1 lb lots immersed in salt water and frozen. The Salmon is dressed and frozen and then glazed in chilled sea water for the freshest taste. You can enjoy your fish when it best suits you.

How Community Supported Fisheries Support Small, Sustainable, Local Fishing Operations

Many smaller fishing operations have been pushed out of the fishery over the past 15-20 years. The consolidation of markets and the influx of farmed fish have kept prices low, in some cases back to where they were 20 years ago. Add to this the effects of climate change on fish habitat and high seas feeding grounds and the spread of farmed fish diseases, and we are seeing wide spread hardship in the small boat fleet. Yet it is the smaller, long-term, independent fishermen who care most about ocean stewardship and maintaining a healthy and sustainable fishery.
A CSF is one way for me, as an independent fisherman, to remain viable, feed my family and reduce the carbon footprint of my catch. I can sell direct at a fair market price. When CSF members commit to buy the catch for the upcoming season, I know how much fish to bring home and as a CSF member you will get:

·         Two pick-ups of high quality seafood;
·         The knowledge that you are eating all Ocean Wise Approved sustainably harvested seafood; and
·         To support sustainable fisheries, local fishermen, the local economy and local food security;
·         Some years, hard to access sockeye salmon, which otherwise would be exported.

Membership and Shares
2013 memberships and shares are now available.
As a member you purchase one or more CSF shares:

·         $300 Combined Share (approx. half salmon and half shellfish)
·         $200 Salmon Share
·         $200 Shellfish Share
·         $150 Half Share (approx. half salmon and half shellfish)
·         Octopus $50 Share
·         Chum Salmon $50 Share

The salmon portion of the share will vary from season to season, depending on the cycle. Some years the salmon portion will be predominantly Sockeye, some years Pinks and Coho. In 2013 we anticipate runs will be smaller and the catch will be made up of Pinks, Coho and possibly a small amount of Sockeye.
The shellfish portion is more consistent from year to year, primarily Prawn tails with a small portion is King Shrimp tails some years.
Learn more about Michelle Rose Community Supported Fishery
   - e-mail Guy Johnston at mrfishing@telus.net
- go to our website/blog at www.MichelleRoseCSF.com