Meet Our Fishermen

Otto Strobel

Salmon Fisherman

Otto was our primary fisherman up until he retired at the end of the 2016 fishing season. Otto didn’t miss a salmon fishing season between 1969 and 2016! During that time, Otto was a high school chemistry teacher at Penticton High School and, for 20 years, owned and operated an apple orchard in Summerland, while fishing his summers on the family salmon gillnetter.
BOAT Omega V
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE 1969
AREA Northern & Mid-Coast

Shaun Strobel

Salmon Fisherman

Shaun has been fishing on and off since he was 7. He shares his dad’s salmon gillnetter, Omega V, and fishes with other local fishermen. When he’s not fishing, Shaun is a Director of the CSF, utilizing his knowledge of the fishing world to recruit top quality fishermen and fish processors.
BOAT Omega V & Kor Wes
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE 7 years old with dad, Otto.
AREA West Coast of Vancouver Island & Mid-Coast

Stewart McDonald

Salmon Fisherman

Stewart is a 3rd generation commercial fisherman, and long-time colleague and asset to our CSF crew. He primarly fishes for spot prawns, crab, and salmon for our CSF members but also goes herring (roe) fishing in winter taking Shaun onboard as a crew member.

BOAT Lormax
METHOD Gillnetting & Trapping
FISHING SINCE 3rd generation Fraser River Gillnetter
AREA English Bay, Howe Sound & Fraser River
DECKHANDS James Vukik, Alex Vukik

Pete Wadeski

Spot Prawn Fisherman

Pete traps spot prawns aboard his 35′ boat, Chrishelle, in Desolation Sound. A second generation fisherman, Pete has been fishing the BC coast for 35 years.

BOAT Chrishelle
METHOD Gillnetting
Fishing For 35 years
AREA Desolation Sound, BC

Mike Roh

Spot Prawn Fisherman

Mike fishes his 37′ boat, Alpine Star, around BC’s mid and south coast. He traps spot prawns and freezes them at sea in May and June, and then trolls for salmon and lingcod throughout the rest of the season. A second generation fisherman, Mike has been fishing the BC coast for 20 years.

BOAT Alpine Star
METHOD Gillnetting/Traps
Fishing For 20 years
AREA Mid- and South-Coast BC

Don Ekroth

Salmon Fisherman

Don has been fishing for 56 years alongside his brother, Lorne. He fishes for salmon aboard his 36’ gillnetter, Lionheart II throughout the coast all season.

BOAT Lionheart II
METHOD Gillnetting
Fishing For 56 years
AREA North, Central, and South Coast, BC

Scott Lincez

Prawn Fisherman

Scott started fishing 30 years ago and currently divides his time between collecting data for marine research, prawning, and shrimping. Scott lives in Qualicum, BC, on Vancouver Island with his wife and his youngest of 6 daughters. Read more about Scott here!
BOAT Robson Byte
METHOD Trapping and Trawling
FISHING SINCE over 30 years ago
AREA Salish Sea, BC

Doug Kostering

Halibut Fisherman

Doug is a multi-generation ‘Namgis First Nation fisherman. He fishes on BC’s central coast aboard his 36’ troller, Paper Chase. Doug fished with his grandpa in the 1960’s and has fished ever since.

BOAT Paper Chase
METHOD Trolling
FISHING FOR 50 years
AREA Northeast Vancouver

Bob Burkosky

Salmon Fisherman

Bob fishes near the Skeena River aboard his gillnetter, BC Maid II. Bob bought his first gillnetter with his wife in 1975 and has been fishing ever since.

BOAT BC Maid II
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE 1975
AREA Skeena River

Dick Anderson

Salmon Fisherman

Dick has been fishing for 63 years! He introduced his four children to fishing but none of them stuck with it.

BOAT Helena
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE 1953
AREA Barkley Sound, BC

Eric Abbott

Salmon Fisherman

Eric fishes aboard his gillnetter, Wild West Too in Barkley Sound, BC. Eric has been fishing the BC coast for as long as he can remember.

BOAT Wild West Too
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE As long as he can remember…
AREA BC Coast

George Konishi

Salmon Fisherman

George fishes aboard his gillnetter, Sky Country in Barkley Sound, BC. A third generation fisherman, George has been fishing for 30 years.

BOAT Sky Country
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE 1986
AREA Barkley Sound, BC

Jason Gallop

Salmon Fisherman

Jason fishes in Barkley Sound aboard his gillnetter, Noma Son. A fourth generation fisherman, Jason has been fishing the BC Coast his whole life.

BOAT Noma Son
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE His entire life.
AREA BC Coast

Lon Vo

Salmon Fisherman

Lon fishesBarkley Sound aboard his gillnetter, Sundancer. He has been fishing for over 10 years.

BOAT Sundancer
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE 2005
AREA Barkley Sound, BC

Bruce and Pilar Martinelli

Tuna Fishermen

Bruce has been fishing for 30 years. His wife, Pilar, joins him as deckhand on their trips aboard their 50′ troller, Tantrum No. 1, off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

BOAT Tantrum No. 1
METHOD Trolling
FISHING FOR 30 years
AREA West coast of Vancouver Island

Bill Barry

Salmon Fisherman

Bill isa third generation fisherman who fishes aboard his 32′ gillnetter, Silver Gill in Barkley Sound. Bill has been fishing the coast since the early ’80’s.

BOAT Silver Gill
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE Early 80’s
AREA Barkley Sound, BC

Ray and Lee Roy Ubell

Ling Cod Fishermen

Based out of Comox, Ray fishes the BC coast alongside his son, Lee Roy. Leaving in early spring, the father-son fishing team trolls their way up the coast, fishing for lingcod, salmon, and other bountiful species, gutting and flash-freezing as they go. They fish off Haida Gwaii and out of Prince Rupert for much of the summer, providing their premium, troll caught fish directly to our CSF members.

BOAT The Tartu
METHOD Trolling
FISHING SINCE
AREA West Coast of Vancouver Island, North & Central Coast

Bill Dockar

Salmon Fisherman

Bill started his fishing career in 1969 as a teenager working aboard a packer. His grandfather was a fisherman and coastal hand logger. “Yellow” Bill Dockar got his nickname because he and another fisherman, Bill Barry, have exactly the same boat, but Yellow Bill’s boat is yellow and White Bill’s boat is white. For decades, the nicknames “Yellow Bill” and “White Bill” have been commonly heard over the radio in the northern and central coast fishing grounds!

BOAT Kala
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE early 1970’s
AREA North & Mid-Coast

Inge Norinseth

Salmon Fisherman

Inge is a Norwegian-Canadian fisherman who worked on the traditional halibut schooners in Alaska and even whaled on the BC coast before the 1969 moratorium! Inge and Skipper Otto have fished the same areas since the 1980’s. Today, Inge continues to fish for salmon on his 35 foot gillnetter, Viking Sun.

BOAT Viking Sun
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE 1950’s
AREA North Coast

Barry Marcotte

Salmon Fisherman

Barry started fishing along side his dad when he was a small child and raised his two sons fishing as well. Today, Barry gillnets for salmon in the farthest north regions of BC, priding himself in his impeccable handling and cleaning of his beautiful, northern salmon.

BOAT Sun Mariner
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE 1950’s
AREA North Coast

Delia Becker & Scott Rempel

Oyster Growers

We first met Delia back in the June of 2015 when she emailed us looking for a way to connect her lovingly-grown oysters and clams to local consumers. She had heard about our CSF and was very eager that our innovative model of connecting fishermen directly to consumers might provide an alternative to selling her shellfish overseas, as is the case with the vast majority of our locally grown shellfish. We were intrigued at the possibility of being able to offer ethical, local shellfish directly to our members and at being able to help the shellfish growers of Cortes Island continue their traditional, small-scale way of life!

To find out more about them, read our blog post “Now Offering Oysters!” from March 9, 2016.

Tinh Van Lam

Salmon Fisherman

Tinh fishes aboard the gillnetter, Sea Chum in Barkley Sound. He has been fishing for over 18 years.

BOAT Sea Chum
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE Over 18 years
AREA Barkley Sound

Rick Dietterle

Salmon Fisherman

Rick fishes aboard his gillnetter, Red Bone in Barkley Sound A fourth generation fisherman, Rick has been fishing for as long as he can remember.

BOAT Red Bone
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE As long as he can remember…
AREA Barkley Sound

Thanh Huynh

Salmon Fisherman

Thanh Huynh aboard his gillnetter, Gannet V in Barkley Sound, BC in June/July 2016. He has been fishing for over 8 years.

BOAT Gannet V
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE Over 8 years
AREA Barkley Sound

The McCarthy's

Chinook Salmon Fishermen

The McCarthy’s are a multi-generational fishing family from the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni. Read more about them and their unique fishery here!

BOAT Small vessels
METHOD Gillnetting
AREA Somass River, Vancouver Island

Fernando Ferreira

Salmon Fisherman

Fernando married into a fishing family and has been fishing the BC coast since 1974.

BOAT Angel Island Wind
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE 1970’s
AREA North & Mid-Coast

Leonard Ermoff

Salmon Fisherman

Leonard has been fishing the BC coast for 40 years after getting his start fishing Great Slave Lake in the North.

BOAT Chore Boy
METHOD Gillnetting
Fishing For 40 years
AREA Fitzhugh Sound

Rod Roberts

Salmon Fisherman

Rod has been fishing along side Otto for the past 40 years. When area licensing in 1996 forced fishermen to choose 1 section of the coast to fish, Rod chose fishing grounds closer to his home in Naniamo BC while Otto kept fishing up North. Rod now fishes for salmon for our CSF in Barkley and Nootka Sounds off the west coast of Vancouver Island.
BOAT Strider
METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE 1969
AREA West Coast of Vancouver Island
DECKHANDS Ethan