Michelle Rose CSF

Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

250-715-6647

michellerosecsf.com

mrfishing@telus.net

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About Michelle Rose CSF

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 in early summer and salmon in late summer.

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Species Offered

Salmon, Prawns, Shrimp

The value statements outlined below aim to create a higher level of accountability and trust, both internally within the network and externally to the public, in order to advance the movement of Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) and like-minded community-based seafood operations.

  • Community-Based Fisheries
  • Fair Access
  • Fair Price
  • Eating with the Ecosystem
  • Traceable and Simple Supply Chains
  • Catch and Handle with Honor
  • Community and Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
  • Honoring the Ocean
  • Creativity and Collaboration

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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 community-supported fishery 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.