News From the Top Deck

3 generations

August 16, 2014


This week, your salmon will be caught by 3 generations of Strobel men. Last week, Otto and Shaun, father and son, started fishing together onboard Omega V.  Days and nights of fishing are just too much for one fishermen to fish alone, especially one who is 73 years old, no matter how tough and resilient … Continued


Sockeye Fever

July 28, 2014

Do you remember the summer of 2010? The Fraser and Adams River sockeye returns were all over the headlines “Record Salmon Returns”  “Biggest return in 100 years!”  And as you may know, sockeye spawn on a 4-year cycle.  So, that means, barring any unforeseen disasters, this year should be a huge year for sockeye salmon … Continued


The Story of your Halibut

July 26, 2014

Duncan just returned from Halibut fishing. Read about his stormy adventure below. “We departed Port Hardy on Friday at noon for a halibut spot we like to fish near the Goose Bank in Queen Charlotte Sound.It has produced well for us this time of the year in the past, however it is 10 hours from land and … Continued


Earning some good favour

July 23, 2014

Sonia wrote a blog post 3 weeks ago when I lost my prop and was towed into Port Alberni.  I was so grateful to James and his dad who helped me offload my fish, and trucked the fish to Vancouver for our members.  Because of their help, I got to spend the day fixing the … Continued


Crabbing time! How to handle these live delicacies

July 17, 2014

Live Dungeness crab is one of BC Coast’s seafood delights and your fisherman Stewart has been working hard at crabbing along the Sunshine Coast and English Bay. We want our Skipper Otto’s members to enjoy every last delicious morsel of crab you will be picking up throughout the season, so here are some quick tips … Continued


Deadline to enter has been extended to September 7th! Voting starts September 8th! Now that the season has kicked off we are excited to announce our first ever CSF Recipe Contest. We always have members asking us for new recipes, almost as often as we have members sharing the delicious meals they’ve made with our … Continued


Meet our friends: Eagle Creek Farms

July 14, 2014

What if you could pick up your guilt free sustainable seafood at the same time you get your chemical free local produce? Well if you are living in Calgary, now you can! We are pleased to announce that we will be providing our Tuesday and Thursday pick-up times in Calgary alongside Eagle Creek Farms this … Continued


A Confession

July 10, 2014

I have a confession to make.  One that is tough for a fisherman’s wife and fish-monger to make publicly. I used to HATE fish.  There.  I said it. I was born into a British-Austrian-Catholic family where fish was served on Fridays and was, generally speaking, some nameless, sourceless white fish, overcooked in the extreme, and … Continued


Fair wages make a difference!

July 9, 2014

As he was fishing this Tuesday in the upper boundary of the Alberni Inlet in Barkley Sound, our fisherman Shaun came across several big size seiners, catching most of the daytime fish. The sight of these “neighbors” made us think of Skipper Otto’s CSF mission, to ensure that independent, small-scale, low impact fishermen receive a … Continued


Should you be concerned about Coho bycatch?

July 7, 2014

Photo Taken by Sam Beebe Last week I read an article about the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) decision to increase the allowed catch of endangered Coho salmon. Right from the start the article shamed the DFO for allowing such a big increase. It featured quotes from conservationists that were appalled, but there was … Continued


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