Early last year, before the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic had begun to affect BC’s seafood industry in unprecedented ways, we at Skipper Otto already had a challenge on our hands. After years of proudly selling OceanWise recommended sockeye, chum, and pink salmon, we found ourselves reeling from a sudden change. When the industry body responsible for … Continued
What do I do with live spot prawns?
May 9, 2021
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 a station for you to tail your prawns. But in the meantime, here are some tips to keep in … Continued
Frozen Imported Shrimp: What are the implications?
April 21, 2021
As you’ve probably heard, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently made the sale of frozen-at-sea spot prawns illegal, effectively stopping the sale of all frozen spot-prawns to Canadian markets. After a lot of pushback, (including from Skipper Otto members!) the DFO has now said they won’t be enforcing the rule this year, but the rule still exists, so … Continued
How Chinook Salmon Saved Summer 2020
April 16, 2021
We say “fishing is unpredictable” a lot. Although we might know in theory when to expect a certain species, more often than not there is some complicating factor at play! Take for example, last year’s chinook salmon season. Summer 2020 Chinook Surprise Last summer’s salmon season was disappointing for a lot of BC fishing families. Salmon … Continued
What Seaspiracy Got Right, And What It Missed.
April 1, 2021
There’s been a lot of talk about Seaspiracy, a new Netflix documentary, where stories behind the industrial fishing industry are exposed. A few members have reached out to us to voice their concerns about Seaspiracy, and we totally understand – the Skipper Otto team was also disturbed by the film! The truth is, the realities … Continued
April 26, 2021 update: Thanks to your amazing outpouring of support, our fight to keep the DFO from banning frozen-at-sea spot prawns has reached the next stage — and now we need your help again! We received over 4,000 signatures on our first petition that we sent you in March, and we got the attention … Continued
Introducing Darryl and Our Newest Menu Item: Arctic Char!
March 3, 2021
In the heart of the dark winter season, bright new flavours are on the way! Brought to us by snowmobile rather than boat, we are excited to introduce you to our newest fisherman, Darryl Siusangnark, and his delicious winter catch: wild-caught Arctic char from Naujaat, Nunavut! This marks a big first for Skipper Otto: supporting … Continued
Kombu Dashi: How (And Why) You Should Make Kelp Broth
March 3, 2021
You’ve seen kelp on the beach, and maybe even tried some in your brownies, but have you ever tried kombu dashi? Not only is it healthy and packed full of nutrients, but it is also known for some incredible flavour-enhancing properties. Kombu has the unique ability to extract and boost the delicious flavours of other ingredients. What is Kombu Dashi? Kombu is the Japanese word for dried kelp … Continued
Beer Marinades for Seafood You Should Try
March 2, 2021
Have you ever tried any beer marinades for seafood? This should not come as a surprise to anyone, but the Skipper Otto team eats a lot of fish. A big reason we never tire of seafood meals is because it’s so easy to incorporate many other complimentary flavours into our seafood dishes. And by marinating … Continued
Skipper Otto 2021 Seasonality Guide
February 8, 2021
Fishing is a difficult industry to plan, but we still like to have an idea of what to expect when! That’s why we do our best to predict what our fishing families will be catching, and when we expect it will be available for our members with our seasonality guide. Remember: these are our best … Continued
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