News From the Top Deck

Read the full story at CBC News British Columbia. “Direct-to-consumer model working so well, independent fishermen now need own cutting space Shaun and Sonia Strobel founded Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery in 2008 as a way for Otto Strobel — Shaun’s father — to keep fishing independently at a time when it was becoming increasingly more difficult … Continued


Family hopes to reel in better business for fishermen, by Daphne Bramham for The Province

May 21, 2016

Featured in  The Province. “Buy Local movement heads offshore with Skipper Otto’s at the helm The fishermen are paid 30 per cent more for their catch than what the corporations are paying … This is one of the rare cities in the world where a fishing fleet and its fishermen remain a viable part of … Continued


B.C. a mecca for social enterprise, Sauder study finds, by Randy Shore for the Vancouver Sun

May 11, 2016

Read the full story at the Vancouver Sun. “Growth in the social enterprise sector is dramatically outpacing that of the larger B.C. economy, according to a new study released by the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. ‘I’m in a social enterprise because I believe that when there is something broken in the … Continued


What’s the big deal about spot prawns?

May 9, 2016

Every year, the spot prawn season opens in BC for just 40 days in May and early June. Spot prawns are on everyone’s mind and in the news during the lead up. Festivals take place at the Fishermen’s Wharf and at restaurants all over the city to celebrate the brief availability of these local delicacies. … Continued


Meet your Prawner, Scott Lincez

May 3, 2016

We’re pleased to introduce you to Scott Lincez, your prawner and shrimper! Scott is a first generation fisherman who has been fishing for over 30 years. He raised his 6 daughters near Qualicum BC where he has done just about every type of fishing you can imagine: seining, crabbing, herring, you name it. More recently, … Continued


The 2016 CSF fishing season is nearly upon us! After weeks of chatting with our fishermen and awaiting Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) predictions, we’re excited to tell you a bit about what you can expect this fishing season and when you might start receiving this year’s bounty of sustainable seafood! May: Spot Prawns:  … Continued


How Five Socially Driven, Women-led Firms Got Some Radical Generosity by Rick Spence for the Financial Post

March 17, 2016

Rick Spence | March 17, 2016 4:39 PM ET “Vicky Saunders, founder of SheEO, has been an entrepreneur and change agent for two decades . . . Along the way [she] says she has used just about every financing tool there is . . . And she’s found them all lacking . . . Where, … Continued


A Fisherman’s Reflections on Herring

March 14, 2016

(This is a guest post by one of our fisherman, Ivan Askgaard, as he reflected on the herring seine fishery currently going on in BC.) The aluminum purse seiner in front of the red one in this photo taken last week at Steveston waits to unload a hold full of herring. At this time of … Continued


The Life of A Fishing Family During the Herring Spawn

March 13, 2016

Every year in early March, Shaun heads out herring roe fishing with Stewart, James, and a number of other fishermen from the False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf. It has always seemed like a pretty crazy, unpredictable fishery to me. The weather is usually dramatic with gales, heavy rain, hail, and then sometimes, beautiful sun. Such is … Continued


Love the ugly oysters!

March 9, 2016

Not all oysters are loved by the marketplace. They are normally judged by the shape and size of their shells. But real life is messier than that. Sometimes they grow together in a small clump or their shells grow into funny shapes. But the meat inside these misshapen shells is still the same creamy, delicious, … Continued


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