News From the Top Deck

Read the full story at Grist. “Shaun and Sonia Strobel at Skipper Otto’s CSF are trying to revive the local fishing scene by operating an up-and-coming sustainable fish business. It’s like a CSA, but with fish.” VGEF: Episode 8 – Vancouver from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.


Aromatic Lingcod & Speedy Ginger Greens

April 2, 2015

This is the first in a series of guest blog posts by chef Sydney Badger.  Sydney will be working with us this year on our workshop series so Vancouver members will have the opportunity to learn directly from her this summer! Meanwhile, here is the first of three posts each featuring one of our products. This … Continued


New Distribution Model Helps Fishery Business Expand Beyond B.C. Borders, by James Tansey for The Globe and Mail

March 24, 2015

Read the full story at The Globe and Mail. “Just over a year ago, Sonia and Shaun Strobel decided to expand their community supported fisheries business, Skipper Otto’s, beyond British Columbia’s borders. Unofficially, they were already there. The business had ballooned from 40 people buying fish from a locker on Granville Island to more than … Continued


Getting to Know Your Sockeye Salmon

February 23, 2015

Shaun knows fish. Spending a couple of hours with Shaun at a pickup is like browsing an encyclopedia of BC fishing. If you don’t know Shaun Strobel, he and his wife Sonia co-founded Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery (CSF). Otto is Shaun’s dad and they both still fish for salmon every year along BC’s coast. … Continued


Vancouver Has An Appetite For Sustainable Seafood, by Randy Shore for The Vancouver Sun

February 3, 2015

Read the full story at The Vancouver Sun. “A longtime supporter of the local food movement, Sonia was familiar with the social enterprise model used by farmers to market their produce directly to the public. By joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) individuals and families pay at the beginning of the season for a farmer’s … Continued


“Local mum (and yoyomama reader!) Sonia Strobel married into a fishing family. Her husband and father-in-law were both fisherman (and teachers), but fishing’s a hard industry to make a living at and they were thinking of getting out, when they hatched the CSF idea. A bit of research showed there was no such thing (yet) … Continued


Holiday Mode

November 27, 2014

My favourite part of working for Skipper Otto’s is hearing from you – our members and customers. These last few weeks what I’ve been hearing is that many of you have entered “Holiday Mode”. You’re fine tuning your lists of what to give and what to get, you’re researching recipes, and planning your time wisely … Continued


Burnaby Pickups at Urban Digs Farm

November 20, 2014

For 2015, we will be having monthly seafood pickups at Urban Digs Farm, (4992 Byrne Road) in Burnaby! Members will receive the same benefits and service as our Vancouver pickups and markets. This all builds off the success of our pilot run in 2014. Urban Digs Farm is a small farm in South Burnaby that … Continued



November 14, 2014

Every year since 2009 Skipper Otto’s has carried on a tradition of donating unused shares to community organizations in need of food donations. In the past we have donated to the Vancouver Food Bank, Food Runners, and to several private, low-income families. This summer we donated over $1000 of salmon, tuna, and halibut to Food … Continued


2015 Updates

October 3, 2014

We’re always working towards making the CSF better! A few ways we’ll be doing this in 2015 are: – No online transaction fee – No shipping fees for out-of-town members – Members will be able roll remaining credit over from one year to the next – Membership now goes January 1 – Dec 31 – … Continued


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"I noticed the little note you put into my order. That is an amazing piece of business!! Thank you for this kindness and for the excellent product I've been picking up at Jardins St-Leon in Winnipeg. All success to all the fisher families. I look forward to next year's haul!"