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

Community-supported fisheries or CSFs operate under a unique system that allows for direct, fair trade between fishermen and consumers. By joining a CSF, members gain access to some of the West Coast’s highest quality seafood at prices that are fair to both members and fishermen. Prior to each fishing season, members purchase a share of the season’s catch. Once the seafood is caught, members can pick-up their seafood at either Cowichan Bay or Tsehum Harbour’s Fishermen’s Wharf. Shellfish are available in early summer and salmon in late summer.

The seafood received by Michelle Rose CSF members 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.

When Michelle Rose CSF members commit to buying a share, they get:

• Two pick-ups of high quality seafood made up of prawns, shrimp, various species of salmon, or a combination of the three.

• The opportunity to support sustainable fisheries, local fishermen, the local economy, and local food security.

• Access to hard-to-find sockeye salmon, which otherwise would be exported, on some years.

• The knowledge they are eating all Ocean Wise Approved, sustainably harvested seafood.