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Our members often tell us that they’ve noticed they eat more seafood since becoming Skipper Otto members. Making healthy choices for you, your family and those you feed is not always the easiest thing to pull off, so a big congratulations to those who have found ways to work more seafood into their diet! Science … Continued

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Sustainable Salmon in 2020

June 15, 2020

I’m not sure if you heard the news, but back in October 2019, an organization representing the larger seafood companies in BC announced that they were voluntarily withdrawing from the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) sustainable fisheries certification program for sockeye, chum, and pink salmon. This means that sockeye, chum, and pink salmon caught in BC … Continued

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Meet Cary and His Hake!

April 23, 2020

We’re so excited to introduce our newest hake fisherman, Cary Williams! Cary is a 4th generation fisherman from Sointula – a small fishing village on Malcolm Island just off Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island. Although Cary’s 91-year old grandfather, Richard, has passed the business on to his 4 kids, he still runs the fishing … Continued

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The Importance of Food Systems & Community

March 27, 2020

In times of crisis like this, uncertainty is the new norm. We’re fearful and anxious about what lies ahead and what we should do next. But a few things have become abundantly clear to me in the last two weeks: the importance of robust, local food systems, and the importance of community. These two values … Continued

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Meet Your Mussel Grower, Paul Simpson

December 4, 2019

I first met Paul, the founder of Saltspring Island Mussels at his home on Salt Spring Island in December 2018 while visiting longtime members Gary and Radha who just happen to be Paul’s next door neighbours. Paul was a gracious host, inviting me into his kitchen where we talked for hours about fishing and the … Continued

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Skipper Otto has been connecting members to their fishermen for over 10 years now, and the amount of support over the years has been phenomenal. In just 10 years, our family has grown from only 40 members to 2827! As our family grows, our connection to our seafood only grows closer. More member support has … Continued

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Looking Back on 2019 with Skipper Otto

October 21, 2019

It’s been a spectacular year here at Skipper Otto for our 10th anniversary season! As fishing wraps up for the season, I find myself looking back on 2019 with enormous pride at all we accomplished this year and over the past decade. Thank you for being part of this incredible ground-swell of support for BC’s … Continued

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The Dark Side of Fishing in High Seas

September 24, 2019

Knowing where your food comes from nowadays is commonplace. We know exactly where it’s harvested, whether we source our pork from Abbotsford or our strawberries from California. Yet for some reason, “the ocean,” is a good enough answer for most people when we talk about seafood sourcing, and this blissful ignorance is what perpetuates some … Continued

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Sablefish with Cranberries, Cashews, and Cauliflower

August 28, 2019

We’re so excited to have sablefish available to our members! Packed with omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B6 and B12, as well as magnesium, they provide an easy way to get lots of nutrients into your diet. Sablefish are often considered one of the tastiest fish on the BC west coast alongside salmon, halibut, and … Continued

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Welcome Celine!

June 28, 2019

Introducing Celine, Skipper Otto’s Member Services and Communications Specialist! We’re excited to officially introduce you to your Member Services and Communications Specialist, Celine Terfloth! If you’ve phoned or emailed us since January, you may have already had the pleasure of interacting with Celine. Either way, we wanted to formally welcome her to our small and … Continued

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Laurie

Member since 2018

"Reading your regular posts about who is where and what's happening in the various fishing places is so special. Helps us feel connected to the coast, the cycles, and the fish we enjoy."