News From the Top Deck


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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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

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Welcoming the McCarthy’s from the Tseshaht First Nation

September 20, 2016

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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