News From the Top Deck

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch report recently labelled some south coast BC chinook and coho salmon as “red” or “not recommended” for sustainability reasons. No one has been fishing for these salmon this year so imagine our surprise at the flurry of press this report received in order to warn consumers. We actually feel these … Continued


Russian Sockeye Salmon?

September 2, 2016

You may have noticed that the market has recently been flooded with fresh sockeye salmon. Members of our Community Supported Fishery know that there is no ocean sockeye salmon fishing happening in BC right now. So if there is no fishing on the Fraser river, where is this salmon coming from? And why is it … Continued


Where is the halibut?

August 31, 2016

Many of our members are asking when they can expect to see halibut in the store. Unfortunately, halibut has been extremely challenging this year and, at this point, it looks like we won’t be able to secure any for our members. We think it’s important that our members understand why this is necessary for our … Continued


Where are the Fraser River Sockeye Salmon?

August 22, 2016

You may have seen recent articles like this one in today’s Vancouver Sun about the extremely low numbers of sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser River this year. And while this year’s closure of fishing on the Fraser River sockeye runs was not entirely unexpected, the realities are much worse than anticipated and this has conscientious … Continued


Talking to Fish

July 27, 2016

Last week, Oliver went fishing this his dad, Shaun. Ever since school let out, our 8-year-old son has been begging to go fishing. And last week, he finally got his wish! For days before they left, Oliver was talking about how they would have to get up in the middle of the night (5am) to leave for fishing. … Continued


Have you tasted all 5 species of salmon? Do you have a favourite? Have you ever tried them all side-by-side to really see how they all size up? Neither had we! Last Friday, Skipper Ottos’ staff got together and tried it out. The results were fascinating, surprising, and delicious! The Method Here’s how it worked: … Continued


Vancouver community fishery helps independent fishermen thrive, by Wanyee Li for Metro

July 9, 2016

Read the full story at Metro. “A community-fishing enterprise in Vancouver has grown so popular the founders are planning to build two of their own processing plants. Sonia Strobel and her husband, Shaun, started Skipper Otto’s Community-Supported Fishery in 2008 after they realized Shaun could not make a living as a fisherman on his own. The … Continued


The start of salmon season

May 31, 2016

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


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


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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