News From the Top Deck


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

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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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Talking to Fish

July 27, 2016

Last week, Oliver went fishing this his dad, Shaun. Ever since school let out, our 8-year-old son has been begging to go fishing. And last week, he finally got his wish! For days before they left, Oliver was talking about how they would have to get up in the middle of the night (5am) to leave for fishing. … Continued

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A side-by-side blind taste test of 5 species of salmon

July 13, 2016

Have you tasted all 5 species of salmon? Do you have a favourite? Have you ever tried them all side-by-side to really see how they all size up? Neither had we! Last Friday, Skipper Ottos’ staff got together and tried it out. The results were fascinating, surprising, and delicious! The Method Here’s how it worked: … Continued

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Vancouver community fishery helps independent fishermen thrive, by Wanyee Li for Metro

July 9, 2016

Read the full story at Metro. “A community-fishing enterprise in Vancouver has grown so popular the founders are planning to build two of their own processing plants. Sonia Strobel and her husband, Shaun, started Skipper Otto’s Community-Supported Fishery in 2008 after they realized Shaun could not make a living as a fisherman on his own. The … Continued

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Rhubarb. Asparagus. Strawberries. And salmon! Nothing says summer quite like the bounty of local food that becomes available this time of year. And for fishing families, the first salmon openings of the year really are the hallmark of summer.   The first salmon openings of the year are on June 7th this year in Barkley … Continued

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Fishing family helps keep Vancouver’s waterfront heritage alive, by Daphne Bramham for the Vancouver Sun

May 29, 2016

Read the full story at the Vancouver Sun. “This is one of the rare cities in the world where a fishing fleet and its fishermen remain a viable part of the community. This weekend was Harbour Days with fish barbecue by donation, a band and, on Saturday, many of them gathered on the dock at False … Continued

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Canadian fishermen’s cooperative plans processing plant in Vancouver, Undercurrent News

May 24, 2016

Read the full story at Undercurrent News. “Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery, which directly sells its produce to Canadian consumers, plans to build a processing plant at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf in a suburb of Vancouver. The cooperative is in talks with local authorities to use federal land for the plant and is trying to … Continued

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Fish processing plant planned for False Creek as community supported fisheries grow, By Chad Pawson for CBC News

May 22, 2016

Read the full story at CBC News British Columbia. “Direct-to-consumer model working so well, independent fishermen now need own cutting space Shaun and Sonia Strobel founded Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery in 2008 as a way for Otto Strobel — Shaun’s father — to keep fishing independently at a time when it was becoming increasingly more difficult … Continued

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Family hopes to reel in better business for fishermen, by Daphne Bramham for The Province

May 21, 2016

Featured in  The Province. “Buy Local movement heads offshore with Skipper Otto’s at the helm The fishermen are paid 30 per cent more for their catch than what the corporations are paying … This is one of the rare cities in the world where a fishing fleet and its fishermen remain a viable part of … Continued

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