News From the Top Deck

Read the full story at Business Vancouver. “Seven years ago, when it had become apparent that the Fraser River gillnet fishery was fast losing the ability to provide full-time work, Otto Strobel, 74, decided it was time to pack it in and pull in his nets for good. His son, Shaun Strobel, had already quit … Continued


How Is The Heat Affecting Spawning Salmon?

August 7, 2015

We’ve had incredible summer weather since May out here in Vancouver and many of us on the coast have been thrilled with the warm weather and lack of rain! But you’ve probably also heard about all the forest fires in BC and we know that all this hot dry weather comes at a price. So, … Continued


July Fishing Updates

August 4, 2015

  July was a record-breaking hot, dry summer out here on the BC coast! Our fishermen have been working hard hauling in the best seafood of the season, and observing how the weather is affecting our spawning salmon and our waters. Fishing Updates Otto gillnetted for salmon off the Nass River opening throughout the entire month. … Continued


Dad, Socks, Halibut & Guacamole – What’s not to love?

June 12, 2015

Father’s Day – Sunday June 21st, 2015!       Dad’s.  Those beloved members of our lives who want drag us along, teach us, then later in life… tag along.  And we LOVE them for it. Dad’s are difficult to buy for. They never know what they want, so we revert to the ripest of … Continued


Community Fishery Hits The Spot, by Kathleen Saylors for The Vancouver Courier

May 19, 2015

Read the full story at The Vancouver Courier. Excerpt “We had the brainwave one day: maybe we could apply what farmers have done to agriculture to fishing,” Sonia said. The fishery started in 2008, and has grown to include 1,400 members. Members buy credit into the fishery in $100 increments and pay a small membership … Continued


Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we’re all getting ready to celebrate the mothers in our lives – right? If you’re still wondering what could you make for a mom (your mom, a friend’s mom, a friend who is a mom, someone who serves as a maternal figure to you…) this coming Mother’s … Continued


Fish CSAs, Herb Truck Farms, & Rye-Crusted Sturgeon: Inside Vancouver’s Food Scene, by Liz Core at Grist

April 9, 2015

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


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