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A year ago, I shared with you some of my reflections after a month of active listening on the topic of Indigenous/ non-Indigenous fishing relations. Little did I know, that work would shape the year ahead in profound ways, helping us articulate the purpose and vision of Skipper Otto, and guiding our everyday decision-making. And … Continued

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Our Accomplishments This Year (So Far!)

November 5, 2021

Between some brand new products, new pick-up locations, and Sonia’s work as an advocate for fair policy change, we’re incredibly proud of what we accomplished this year at Skipper Otto! Some Highlights… Back in March, we started offering Arctic char to our members, which marked a big first for Skipper Otto: supporting a fishing family … Continued

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Our Sourcing Strategy – How We Choose What Seafood to Offer

October 27, 2021

How do we choose the things we buy? For many of us, certifications like Fair Trade or Organic may inform a big part of that decision. But when you’re buying directly from the people who produce the product, it’s not always that simple. At Skipper Otto, we have to consider many factors before we decide … Continued

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Meet Jocelyn Dick, Multi-Generational Tseshaht Fisher

September 28, 2021

Allow me to introduce you to my new friend, multi-generational Tseshaht fisher, Jocelyn Dick. I feel pretty darn lucky to be able to call her my friend. And I want to share with you how we got to know each other and how we came to welcome Jocelyn and 11 other new Tseshaht and Hupacasath … Continued

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation!

September 24, 2021

Thursday September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and it’s important to us at Skipper Otto that we close our business for the day to support everyone’s individual journey of reconciliation. Whether or not you have the day off, you may be considering ways to engage meaningfully with this new holiday. Below … Continued

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We didn’t know much about Economic Opportunity Fisheries before we began working closely with more Tseshaht and Hupacasath fishers this summer, but we learned so much this year and we’re eager to share it all with you! Economic Opportunity fisheries are intended to enable Indigenous fishers to achieve economic self-sufficiency through licensed sales of their … Continued

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Processing Live Dungeness Crab

August 12, 2021

We often have fresh Dungeness crab pick-ups at Fishermen’s Wharf for our members in Vancouver. Randy Kitagawa, your crab fisher (his stepson, Matt, is pictured above), and his crew normally set their crab traps for a few days before the pick-up, then pull them out of the water on Thursday morning. Then they’ll catch a … Continued

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Salmon Traceability with Skipper Otto

August 1, 2021

We take pride in being able to tell you exactly who caught each piece of fish where, when, and how. And the nature of salmon gillnetting makes this an extra special challenge. But Skipper Otto is always up for the challenge to reinvent systems for justice and equity! So, I wanted to share with you … Continued

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Seafood Recipe Round-Up: Summer 2021

July 27, 2021

It’s Our Summer Seafood Recipe Round-Up! As you might expect, the Skipper Otto team ends up cooking and eating a lot of seafood. You might even say we’re experts on what makes a fantastic seafood recipe. We thought we’d share some of the recipes we’re loving this month so you can take advantage of our … Continued

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Meet Truong Le Nguyen, Our Newest Prawner!

June 30, 2021

Meet Truong Le Nguyen, our newest prawner! This past season he fished along the central coast of BC, tailing and freezing his prawn catch for our members. Originally from Vietnam, Truong was one of the first boat people (refugees who fled Vietnam after the war) to land in the Philippines, and he was sponsored to … Continued

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Lynne

Member since 2018

"I noticed the little note you put into my order. That is an amazing piece of business!! Thank you for this kindness and for the excellent product I've been picking up at Jardins St-Leon in Winnipeg. All success to all the fisher families. I look forward to next year's haul!"