News From the Top Deck


Pilar Martinelli, from one of our lingcod fishing families, sends this report from their ongoing lingcod fishing trip this month. This month’s story depicts the journey of a school of Pomfret fish along the Klaskino Inlet. Fishing is fishing. Day in, day out, there isn’t much variance outside the seas, winds, and weather. Some days … Continued

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Seasonality Guide

May 10, 2019

Want to know what is in season and when? We’ve created a handy updated Seasonality Guide to answer all your questions! This simple guide shows when our fishing families plan on harvesting each species of seafood, however it is good to keep in mind that fishing is always a bit uncertain! There are many factors … Continued

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Welcome Aboard, Members!

May 8, 2019

Welcome aboard Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery! We are thrilled that you found us and we can’t wait to get to know each other. My name is Sonia Strobel and, along with my husband, Shaun, I founded Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery to connect conscientious consumers (like you!) directly to local, independent fishing families (like … Continued

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10 Years & Growing Strong

May 2, 2019

Thankful. Humbled. Thrilled.  What more can we really say that would properly capture how amazing it was to celebrate with so many of you at our 10-Year Anniversary Gala?! Here are a few of the highlights for those who couldn’t join us and a few memories for those of you that were there!  The theme … Continued

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Fresh vs Frozen: Why Frozen Wins

April 23, 2019

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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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 Wins Pitch for the Purse!

February 26, 2019

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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Laurie

Member since 2018

"Reading your regular posts about who is where and what's happening in the various fishing places is so special. Helps us feel connected to the coast, the cycles, and the fish we enjoy."