News From the Top Deck


Frozen fish has unfortunately earned itself a pretty poor reputation over the years, largely due to bad handling of seafood and poor freezing techniques. When I was a kid, I can remember eating frozen fish that was mushy and tasteless. Many people would turn their noses up at “frozen” seafood as though just by being … Continued

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Chinook salmon and resident orcas

July 19, 2018

You may have seen recent articles in the news about closures to chinook salmon fishing to protect the diet of the endangered resident orca pods J, K, and L in the Salish Sea. And it may have you wondering if it’s ok to eat chinook salmon this year? Read on below for more about the … Continued

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Tantrums on the Tantrum 

May 11, 2018

Pilar Martinelli, one of our lingcod fishing families, sends this report from their ongoing lingcod fishing trip this month. We left the dock this year, with not only a washer and dryer on board, but a baby! Our son, Rex Orson Martinelli, joined the crew of the Tantrum as the world’s youngest lingcod fisherman at … Continued

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Fish vs Fish Oil: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

April 11, 2018

Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Skipper Otto’s member, Melissa Evanson continues her series of nutrition-focused blog posts tackling the issue of the nutritional value of fish vs fish oil. Like many trends in nutrition, fish oil is still enjoying its time in the limelight. This is because the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have been linked to … Continued

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Seasonality Guide

April 5, 2018

Wondering what’s in season when? This simple guide shows you when our fishing families expect to be harvesting each species of seafood. But keep in mind that fishing is inherently uncertain! The weather, abundance, specific fishing openings, access to fish cutting and freezing services, and many other factors will determine exactly when each species will … Continued

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Introducing Scallops!

December 11, 2017

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We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to Melissa and Joel Collier, our new Skipper Otto’s fishing family, and their wild, Ocean Wise BC scallops!   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 … Continued

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The Impact of your 2017 Membership

November 2, 2017

2017 has been a fantastic season for all of us at Skipper Otto’s. Your membership dollars had a huge impact on us and all our fishing families and I wanted to share some of the highlights of the season with you! Membership Exploded! When we launched Skipper Otto’s in 2008 for the 2009 fishing season, … Continued

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Get that shrimp on the barbie! Why shrimp can be part of your heart-smart diet

September 13, 2017

Holistic nutritionist, and Skipper Otto’s member, Melissa Evanson continues her series of nutrition-focused blog posts tackling the issue of the nutritional value of shrimp and prawns, dispelling some myths that they aren’t good for heart health. Have questions about seafood and nutrition? Email us at [email protected] with your questions and Melissa will answer them on our Facebook page. Grilled, … Continued

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Tuna Tales: Why you don’t need to worry about mercury in B.C. albacore tuna

August 28, 2017

Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Skipper Otto’s member, Melissa Evanson, continues our nutrition blog series with this post on albacore tuna. Have seafood related nutrition questions? Feel free to comment on this post or email us and Melissa will answer them here and on our Facebook page. Find Melissa’s previous posts here on our blog. The health … Continued

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Not for the dogs: Why you should be adding chum salmon to your dinner plate

August 17, 2017

Holistic nutritionist, and Skipper Otto’s member, Melissa Evanson continues her series of nutrition-focused blog posts with a look at our wonderful chum salmon. Have questions about seafood and nutrition? Email us at [email protected] with your questions and Melissa will answer them on our Facebook page. Chum salmon, also called keta, dog or silverbrite, tends to be the least known … Continued

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"The fish is fresh, local, so tasty and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The locations for pickup are convenient and the ordering process is efficient. The website has photos of the products and the product has a photo and bio of the fisherman who caught the fish. I love the transparency, the commitment to supporting the local fishing community, and of upholding the belief that fresh, untainted, healthy fish is best! Thank you to all the staff and fishermen!"