News From the Top Deck


Pilar Martinelli, one of our lingcod fishermen, sent us this story about fishing as a family. Pilar describes the joy of including her toddler on their commercial fishing journeys! I find that most people are puzzled, worried, or shocked by the idea of taking a toddler on a working commercial fish boat, but for the … Continued

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Lingcod Cheeks

May 15, 2019

Lingcod cheeks are such a rare treat and we’re always excited when Pilar phones in to say they have a load of them ready for our members! Bruce and Pilar catch your lingcod while trolling — a fishing method in which lines of baited hooks are dragged slowly behind a boat in mid-water. Bruce hand-picks … Continued

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Chilled Spot Prawn Salad

May 15, 2019

With the long awaited return of spot prawn season upon us, we wanted to share our friend Chef Ned Bell’s delicious recipe. This Chilled Spot Prawn Salad is refreshing, healthy, and features our very own sustainable Skipper Otto spot prawns! Ingredients: 16-24 Skipper Otto spot prawns (4-6 per person) 2.5 pints of heirloom tomatoes 2 … Continued

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A Huge Win for Independent Fishermen

May 11, 2019

You’ve probably heard us talk about how difficult it is for fishing families to make a living fishing because of policies around ownership of licenses and quotas in BC that favour large corporations and foreign investors over individual fishing families. And we’re so excited to have some good news to share on the topic! Let … Continued

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Operation Pomfret

May 10, 2019

Pilar Martinelli, from one of our lingcod fishing families, sends this report from their ongoing lingcod fishing trip this month. This month’s story depicts the journey of a school of Pomfret fish along the Klaskino Inlet. Fishing is fishing. Day in, day out, there isn’t much variance outside the seas, winds, and weather. Some days … Continued

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Want to know what is in season and when? We’ve created a handy updated Seasonality Guide for 2019 to answer all your questions! This simple guide shows when our fishing families plan on harvesting each species of seafood, however it is good to keep in mind that fishing is always a bit uncertain! There are … Continued

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Welcome Aboard, Members!

May 8, 2019

Welcome aboard Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery! We are thrilled that you found us and we can’t wait to get to know each other. My name is Sonia Strobel and, along with my husband, Shaun, I founded Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery to connect conscientious consumers (like you!) directly to local, independent fishing families (like … Continued

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10 Years & Growing Strong

May 2, 2019

Thankful. Humbled. Thrilled.  What more can we really say that would properly capture how amazing it was to celebrate with so many of you at our 10-Year Anniversary Gala?! Here are a few of the highlights for those who couldn’t join us and a few memories for those of you that were there!  The theme … Continued

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Fresh vs Frozen: Why Frozen Wins

April 23, 2019

In a blind taste-test conducted by Ecotrust, consumers rated flash-frozen fish equal to or higher than fresh fish across the board. This tells us that the “fresh over frozen” myth is just that: a myth. Fresh-never-frozen fish does not taste better than flash-frozen fish. In many cases, the opposite is true! The implications of this … Continued

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Halibut with Spring Peas and Spinach Puree Recipe

April 18, 2019

It’s halibut season and the perfect time to serve a delicious Easter halibut dish this weekend. Try this recipe by Chef Ned Bell that brings halibut, spring peas, and spinach puree all together in one fantastic dish. Serves 4 Spinach-pea puree Ingredients 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 tsp sea salt 3 … Continued

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Jamie

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"We love knowing that our fish is fresh and ethically caught, are are even happier knowing exactly WHO caught the pieces we are are enjoying and where they were fished from…"