What is Michelle Rose CSF?

Michelle Rose CSF is a community-supported fishery based in Cowichan Bay, Vancouver Island B.C.

A community supported fishery operates under a unique system that allows for direct, fair trade between fishers and consumers. As a member of a CSF, you get the west coast’s highest quality seafood at prices fair to both members and fisherfolk. The Michelle Rose CSF is operated by long-time West Coast fisherman, Guy Johnston.  

From Guy

Prior to each fishing season, members purchase a share of the season's catch. This helps my cash flow at the beginning of the season, and I know how much fish to bring home. Once the seafood is caught, members pick-up their seafood shares in Cowichan Bay or Sidney. Shellfish are available early summer and salmon late summer.

The seafood Michelle Rose CSF members receive is frozen at sea at the time of capture, meeting the highest level of quality — the sushi standard. Prawns and shrimp are packaged in one pound lots immersed in salt water and frozen. The salmon is dressed and frozen and glazed in chilled sea water for the freshest taste.

Do you want to eat tasty, locally, and sustainably caught seafood and help support local fishers involved in sustainable fisheries?

Become a member in the Michelle Rose Community Supported Fishery (CSF), buy a share of the year's catch before the season, and get:

  • A combined share made up of salmon and prawns. Salmon or prawn-only shares are also available. We also have some more unusual seafood items like octopus by-catch, and sometimes rockfish, lingcod, and king shrimp.
  • To eat healthy, sustainably harvested West Coast seafood year-round.
  • Access some years to hard-to-find sockeye salmon, which otherwise would be exported.
  • A direct connection with the local fishing community with on-the-wharf pick-up of seafood in Cowichan Bay or Sidney - prawns early summer, salmon late summer or fall.
  • The opportunity to support sustainable fisheries, local fishers, the local economy, and local food security and help build community in the Cowichan Valley and South Vancouver Island.