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It’s the International Year of the Salmon! That means this is a year to celebrate this truly miraculous creature! Salmon are an integral part of the fabric of society in BC, bringing enormous cultural, social, economic, nutritional, and environmental value to this place. Salmon face many threats in our modern world, but humans have coexisted … Continued

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The Impact of Your 2019 Membership

June 19, 2019

If you follow us on social media, you may already know that we exceeded our goal of signing up 2800 members for our ten-year anniversary. We are grateful to every single one of our returning members, and we’re delighted to welcome our brand-new members into the Skipper Otto family. This commitment from all of you … Continued

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Salmon Gillnetting is Open!

June 14, 2019

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has just announced the first sockeye salmon gillnet openings of the year. Starting June 17th, three of our fishermen, Barry Marcotte, Inge Noringseth and Dean MacDonald, will hit the seas! They will be fishing Nass Sockeye north of Prince Rupert and will be heading out to set their nets … Continued

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Octopus Recipe from Ned Bell

June 10, 2019

Now that Scott and Karen’s delicious octopus is in the store, we knew that you would need an awesome octopus recipe! We’ve helped you with the first part of the recipe – tenderizing the octopus by flash freezing it. Now, all you need to worry about is having the ingredients ready and following the instructions from our … Continued

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Meet the Lincezs & Their Famous Spot Prawns!

June 7, 2019

Our beloved fishing family, Scott and Karen Lincez, are famous for their exquisite spot prawns and shrimp. Scott is a first-generation fisherman who has fished for 33 years (and counting!). We wanted to share their story and why the current fishing industry fails families like theirs. Preparing for prawning Scott and Karen Lincez are based … Continued

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We think about plastic seafood packaging a lot here at Skipper Otto. It’s no secret that plastic is having an impact on the marine ecosystems our fishing families depend on. Since the company launched, we’ve been looking for an alternative to plastic packaging. Every year 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world’s … Continued

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Why Frozen Seafood is Better for Your Family

May 30, 2019

We all want to feel good about the food we serve our families. We want food that tastes great, is full of nutrients and keeps our planet healthy. Frozen seafood is all of those things and more. A lot of the advice out there says that fresh fish is better. But that advice is outdated … Continued

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Fraud on the Seas & Your Plate

May 29, 2019

Is Seafood Fraud Finding Its Way onto Your Plate? When you go to a restaurant or grocery store to spend hard-earned money, you want to get what you’re paying for. We all do. When it comes to seafood, there’s a good chance you’re getting something else. Mislabelled seafood is a big problem in Canada. Multiple … Continued

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Doug is Here with Our Halibut!

May 28, 2019

Doug Kostering, our halibut fisherman just offloaded his first halibut catch of the year! Yum! A 4th generation ‘Namgis nation fisherman, Doug started fishing with his grandpa when he was just a boy. And now, Doug is passing the tradition down to his children. His twenty-four-year-old son Matteo helps with the family business, and Doug … Continued

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Baby on Board – Fishing is a Family Affair!

May 24, 2019

Pilar Martinelli, one of our lingcod fishermen, sent us this story about fishing as a family. Pilar describes the joy of including her toddler on their commercial fishing journeys! I find that most people are puzzled, worried, or shocked by the idea of taking a toddler on a working commercial fish boat, but for the … Continued

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Elana

Member since 2018

"It is vitally important to us that our seafood is harvested sustainably, and we have found it's equally important for us to share with our son that food is on our table thanks to the efforts of families who fish in BC waters and folks who are committed to the health of our oceans."