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Rhubarb. Asparagus. Strawberries. And salmon! Nothing says summer quite like the bounty of local food that becomes available this time of year. And for fishing families, the first salmon openings of the year really are the hallmark of summer.   The first salmon openings of the year are on June 7th this year in Barkley … Continued

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Fishing family helps keep Vancouver’s waterfront heritage alive, by Daphne Bramham for the Vancouver Sun

May 29, 2016

Read the full story at the Vancouver Sun. “This is one of the rare cities in the world where a fishing fleet and its fishermen remain a viable part of the community. This weekend was Harbour Days with fish barbecue by donation, a band and, on Saturday, many of them gathered on the dock at False … Continued

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Canadian fishermen’s cooperative plans processing plant in Vancouver, Undercurrent News

May 24, 2016

Read the full story at Undercurrent News. “Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery, which directly sells its produce to Canadian consumers, plans to build a processing plant at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf in a suburb of Vancouver. The cooperative is in talks with local authorities to use federal land for the plant and is trying to … Continued

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Fish processing plant planned for False Creek as community supported fisheries grow, By Chad Pawson for CBC News

May 22, 2016

Read the full story at CBC News British Columbia. “Direct-to-consumer model working so well, independent fishermen now need own cutting space Shaun and Sonia Strobel founded Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery in 2008 as a way for Otto Strobel — Shaun’s father — to keep fishing independently at a time when it was becoming increasingly more difficult … Continued

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Family hopes to reel in better business for fishermen, by Daphne Bramham for The Province

May 21, 2016

Featured in  The Province. “Buy Local movement heads offshore with Skipper Otto’s at the helm The fishermen are paid 30 per cent more for their catch than what the corporations are paying … This is one of the rare cities in the world where a fishing fleet and its fishermen remain a viable part of … Continued

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Read the full story at the Vancouver Sun. “Growth in the social enterprise sector is dramatically outpacing that of the larger B.C. economy, according to a new study released by the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. ‘I’m in a social enterprise because I believe that when there is something broken in the … Continued

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What do I do with live spot prawns?

May 9, 2016

Excited to pick up your live spot prawns, but a bit terrified about what to do with them? No problem! Handling and processing spot prawns is actually quite simple. At our member prawn pick-ups, we’ll have demonstrations and workshops about how to process your prawns. But in the meantime, here are some tips to keep … Continued

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What’s the big deal about spot prawns?

May 9, 2016

Every year, the spot prawn season opens in BC for just 40 days in May and early June. Spot prawns are on everyone’s mind and in the news during the lead up. Festivals take place at the Fishermen’s Wharf and at restaurants all over the city to celebrate the brief availability of these local delicacies. … Continued

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Meet your Prawner, Scott Lincez

May 3, 2016

We’re pleased to introduce you to Scott Lincez, your prawner and shrimper! Scott is a first generation fisherman who has been fishing for over 30 years. He raised his 6 daughters near Qualicum BC where he has done just about every type of fishing you can imagine: seining, crabbing, herring, you name it. More recently, … Continued

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The Shape of the Season: 2016 Predictions

April 5, 2016

The 2016 CSF fishing season is nearly upon us! After weeks of chatting with our fishermen and awaiting Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) predictions, we’re excited to tell you a bit about what you can expect this fishing season and when you might start receiving this year’s bounty of seafood! May: Spot Prawns:  The … Continued

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Noreen

Member since 2017

"Really appreciate your customer service and love the labeling with the fisher stories and of-course love my fish!"