News From the Top Deck


Did you know that Canada allows more than 200 species of fish to be labelled “snapper”? 100 as rockfish? 125 as crab? 40 as shrimp? 14 as tuna? (source: Oceana Canada’s 2018 report on seafood mislabelling). This might not mean much to you at first… until you realize that each of these 200 species of … Continued

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Skipper Otto is Now Available in Victoria!

March 22, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Skipper Otto memberships are now available in Victoria, BC Folks in Victoria interested in becoming members will now be able to pick up their orders at the Red Barn Market at 751 Vanalman Rd. One of the things I find most inspiring about my work at Skipper Otto is … Continued

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Skipper Otto Wins Pitch for the Purse!

February 26, 2019

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs crowned its 2019 winner at the Odlum Brown Pitch for the Purse Gala on Thursday, February 21, and our very own co-founder and CEO, Sonia Strobel, walked away with the prize!  The Pitch for the Purse is a national mentorship program for women entrepreneurs that helps them succeed in business. … Continued

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Meet your Scallop Fishermen, Joel and Melissa Collier

February 14, 2019

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to Melissa and Joel Collier, our Skipper Otto fishing family! Did you know wild BC scallops even existed? Wild BC scallops are abundant, sustainable, and Ocean Wise recommended. Did you know there was a wild fishery for them? Most people probably don’t! And if there ever was … Continued

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The Great Fresh vs. Frozen Debate

September 9, 2018

Frozen fish has unfortunately earned itself a pretty poor reputation over the years, largely due to bad handling of seafood and poor freezing techniques. When I was a kid, I can remember eating frozen fish that was mushy and tasteless. Many people would turn their noses up at “frozen” seafood as though just by being … Continued

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You may have seen recent articles in the news about closures to chinook salmon fishing to protect the diet of the endangered resident orca pods J, K, and L in the Salish Sea. And it may have you wondering if it’s ok to eat chinook salmon this year? Read on below for more about the … Continued

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Tantrums on the Tantrum 

May 11, 2018

Pilar Martinelli, one of our lingcod fishing families, sends this report from their ongoing lingcod fishing trip this month. We left the dock this year, with not only a washer and dryer on board, but a baby! Our son, Rex Orson Martinelli, joined the crew of the Tantrum as the world’s youngest lingcod fisherman at … Continued

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Seafood Handling and Storage

May 8, 2018

Follow these guidelines to ensure your seafood remains as premium quality as the day we caught it!  

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Fish vs Fish Oil: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

April 11, 2018

Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Skipper Otto’s member, Melissa Evanson continues her series of nutrition-focused blog posts tackling the issue of the nutritional value of fish vs fish oil. Like many trends in nutrition, fish oil is still enjoying its time in the limelight. This is because the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have been linked to … Continued

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Seasonality Guide

April 5, 2018

Wondering what’s in season when? This simple guide shows you when our fishing families expect to be harvesting each species of seafood. But keep in mind that fishing is inherently uncertain! The weather, abundance, specific fishing openings, access to fish cutting and freezing services, and many other factors will determine exactly when each species will … Continued

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Clare

Member since 2015

"My canned salmon arrived in the mail today and it is without a doubt the best I have ever tasted."