Meet Our Fishermen

Fishermen for Skipper Otto's Community Supported Fishery

Otto Strobel

Salmon Fisherman

Otto was our primary fisherman up until he retired at the end of the 2016 fishing season, and he has decided to come out of retirement to fish the 2018 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
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 … he was 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 crew. He primarily 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 …he was born into a multi-generation fishing family.
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

Dean MacDonald

Salmon Fisherman

A third generation fisherman, Dean fishes salmon in the Nass River area on his Gilnetter, Old Style. He has been fishing since he was a kid.

BOAT Old Style
METHOD Gilnetting
FISHING SINCE …he was a kid
AREA Nass River, BC

Doug Kostering

Halibut Fisherman

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

BOAT Paper Chase
METHOD Bottom Longlining/Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE …he was a kid
AREA Central Coast and Johnstone Strait

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

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 … the 1950’s
AREA North Coast

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 …many years ago
AREA West Coast of Vancouver Island, North & Central 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 … the 1950’s
AREA North Coast

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 FOR …over 30 years
AREA Salish Sea, BC

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
AREA West Coast of Vancouver Island

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.

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 FOR …as long as he can remember
AREA Barkley Sound

Blake Kohn

Salmon Fisherman

Blake fishes aboard his boat Five Kings while trolling off the central coast of BC.
A second generation fisherman, Blake has been fishing since he was 14 years old.

METHOD Gillnetting
FISHING SINCE … he was 14 years old
AREA Central coast of BC

Danny MacDonald

Salmon Fisherman

Danny fishes aboard his 35′ gillnetter, About Time I, on BC’s central coast.

BOAT About Time I
METHOD Gillnetting
AREA Central Coast of BC

Joel and Melissa Collier

Scallop Fishermen

Joel & Melissa have been fishing aboard their 42′ boat, Lisa Jess, using a butterfly trawl net in Johnstone Strait, BC. A 4th generation fisherman, Joel grew up fishing and took over his parents fishing operations in 2014.

BOAT Lisa Jess
METHOD Butterfly Trawl
AREA Johnstone Strait, BC

Steve Martinelli

Salmon Fisherman

Steve fishes aboard his 50’ boat, The Triple M while trolling the waters around BC’s central coast. Steve started deckhanding when he was 16 and fishes today with his
own teenage kids.

BOAT The Triple M
METHOD Trolling
FISHING SINCE … he was 16
AREA Central Coast of BC

Mateo Kostering

Salmon Fisherman

Mateo Kostering is a multi-generation ‘Namgis First Nation fisherman, working aboard his father’s 36’ gillnetter, Paper Chase. Mateo has been fishing with his dad since he was three years old.

BOAT Paper Chase
METHOD Gillnetting
AREA Johnstone Strait, BC