News From the Top Deck

Read the full story at ‘I knew guys that were having nets starting to sink there were so many extra fish’ “Record numbers of chum salmon — two million fish — returned to B.C’s West Coast this year, bringing good news for fishermen fatigued by word of record lows of Fraser River sockeye. “We’ve had … Continued

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Record-breaking Salmon Runs in 2016

November 4, 2016

The media loves a bad news story. All summer and fall, you probably saw headlines like “‘Grim’ Fraser River salmon runs even worse than forecast” and “Low B.C. salmon stocks prompt consumer warning.” With headlines like this, it’s easy to start to wonder if we should even be eating BC salmon. There’s no doubt that … Continued

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Otto’s Retirement Party Salmon Burgers

October 21, 2016

Otto’s Retirement from Fishing BBQ was a huge success! 300 members braved the weather and enjoyed live music, salmon burgers, beer, art, raffles, and more! One of the highlights of the event, was Jack’s delicious chum salmon burgers. So many of our members have been asking for the recipe, so I cornered Jack at the … Continued

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Canada’s RadicalGenerosity funding model gears up for global expansion, by Denise Deveau, Financial Post

October 12, 2016

Read the full story at the Financial Post. “40% Growth A homegrown funding program, which helped five female entrepreneurs achieve about 30 per cent revenue growth in its first year, was so successful the initiative is doubling its size in Canada and being rolled out internationally. Vancouver-based Sonia Strobel, managing director of Skipper Otto’s Community Supported … Continued

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School Lunches with Skipper Otto’s

September 28, 2016

“Fast” food doesn’t have to be unhealthy and full of social and environmental exploitation! We’ve been busy turning our seafood into convenient, ready-to-eat products to make your lives easier this busy fall season! Here are a few of our favourite quick and easy lunch ideas: Mix canned tuna or salmon with a little mayo and … Continued

Fishing Updates Press Stories

Last week, we began working with some new fishing families from the Tseshaht First Nation in Port Alberni. These families participate in a very unique fishery: a communal, commercial hand fishery for chinook and coho salmon right near the mouth of the Somass river. They use shallow gill nets which they hand throw off the back … Continued


Our Ocean Wise Chinook & Coho salmon

September 16, 2016

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch report recently labelled some south coast BC chinook and coho salmon as “red” or “not recommended” for sustainability reasons. No one has been fishing for these salmon this year so imagine our surprise at the flurry of press this report received in order to warn consumers. We actually feel these … Continued


Russian Sockeye Salmon?

September 2, 2016

You may have noticed that the market has recently been flooded with fresh sockeye salmon. Members of our Community Supported Fishery know that there is no ocean sockeye salmon fishing happening in BC right now. So if there is no fishing on the Fraser river, where is this salmon coming from? And why is it … Continued


Where is the halibut?

August 31, 2016

Many of our members are asking when they can expect to see halibut in the store. Unfortunately, halibut has been extremely challenging this year and, at this point, it looks like we won’t be able to secure any for our members. We think it’s important that our members understand why this is necessary for our … Continued


Where are the Fraser River Sockeye Salmon?

August 22, 2016

You may have seen recent articles like this one in today’s Vancouver Sun about the extremely low numbers of sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser River this year. And while this year’s closure of fishing on the Fraser River sockeye runs was not entirely unexpected, the realities are much worse than anticipated and this has conscientious seafood consumers wondering … Continued


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