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In a blind taste-test conducted by Ecotrust, consumers rated flash-frozen fish equal to or higher than fresh fish across the board. This tells us that the “fresh over frozen” myth is just that: a myth. Fresh-never-frozen fish does not taste better than flash-frozen fish. In many cases, the opposite is true! The implications of this … Continued

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Halibut with Spring Peas and Spinach Puree Recipe

April 18, 2019

It’s halibut season and the perfect time to serve a delicious Easter halibut dish this weekend. Try this recipe by Chef Ned Bell that brings halibut, spring peas, and spinach puree all together in one fantastic dish. Serves 4 Spinach-pea puree Ingredients 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 shallot, finely chopped 1 tsp sea salt 3 … Continued

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“FRESH” versus Frozen

April 3, 2019

When you think of frozen food, what comes to mind? Microwave meals? Cardboard pretending to be pizza? It used to be that freezing was simply a method of preserving fresh food. Now, freezing is associated with lower quality, processed products that barely count as food. Fresh, on the other hand, is associated with healthier, higher … Continued

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Don’t Call Me A Snapper!

March 28, 2019

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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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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Chinook salmon and resident orcas

July 19, 2018

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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