News From the Top Deck

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


Fair Fishing, by Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit for Yoyomama

January 13, 2015

“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


Community Support in the Prairies

October 1, 2014

A few days before we were leaving for the prairies, I asked Sonia where Shaun, Krysta and I were going to be staying along the way. It was in that moment that we realized we didn’t really have anywhere to stay. Sonia suggested I send out emails to our members in our different pickup locations … Continued


Skipper Otto’s seafood heads to the Prairies!

September 29, 2014

As you can probably imagine, it takes quite a bit of work to bring 10,000 pounds of BC wild seafood from the coast to the prairies. For the past week, the entire Skipper Otto team has been working hard to prepare for our deliveries to Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Jasper. Shaun, Ariel and Krysta … Continued


Co-Op Gives Fishing Industry A Lifeline, by Elaine Yong for The Global News

September 23, 2014

Read the full story at The Global News. “Tue, Sep 23: They were the first in Canada to do it and became a national success story. Six years ago, the husband and wife team behind “Skipper Otto” saw the fishing industry needed a lifeline – and they had to swim against the current to make … Continued


Meet Your Tuna Fisherman: Grey Mcphedran

September 18, 2014

If you’ve been loving this year’s albacore tuna, you can thank our fisherman Grey Mcphedran for his catch! Grey has been fishing for almost 40 years up and down the BC coast, and fishing tuna for the past 12 years. Along with his boat, a 48 foot freezer vessel called the Thetis Queen, Grey fishes … Continued


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