News From the Top Deck


In the heart of the dark winter season, bright new flavours are on the way! Brought to us by snowmobile rather than boat, we are excited to introduce you to our newest fisherman, Darryl Siusangnark, and his delicious winter catch: wild-caught Arctic char from Naujaat, Nunavut! This marks a big first for Skipper Otto: supporting … Continued

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Fishing Family Perspective: Why Skipper Otto Works for Us

January 11, 2021

My name is Melissa Collier. My husband is a 4th generation fisherman, something that is rare these days. The fishing industry in the best of times is a hard, unpredictable and uncertain profession. It is getting harder and harder to make a living off fishing, and fisherman have to work more and more each year to do the … Continued

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Active Listening: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Perspectives on Canada’s Fisheries

November 25, 2020

When tensions in the Nova Scotia lobster fishery between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishermen erupted into violence last month, we all watched with dismay and fear, concerned for the safety and livelihoods of the Mi’kmaq fishermen. Like you, we worried about how a peaceful resolution would be found and what this conflict meant for Indigenous/ non-Indigenous … Continued

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A Toddler on the Tantrum

May 12, 2020

Thank you to one of our incredible fishing super moms, Pilar Martinelli, for sending in this blog about life as a fishing family on their vessel, The Tantrum, with their toddler Rex!  This is our third year fishing as a family of three and my oh my, have we come a long way! From carriers … Continued

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Meet Cary and His Hake!

April 23, 2020

We’re so excited to introduce our newest hake fisherman, Cary Williams! Cary is a 4th generation fisherman from Sointula – a small fishing village on Malcolm Island just off Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island. Although Cary’s 91-year old grandfather, Richard, has passed the business on to his 4 kids, he still runs the fishing … Continued

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Bruce, Pilar and Rex Martinelli are back for an interview to talk lingcod and tuna fishing, favourite recipes, family life on and off board, and why they love working with Skipper Otto. If you missed their last story, Pilar writes to us about having their toddler, Rex, on board, the link to that story is … Continued

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Meet Your Mussel Grower, Paul Simpson

December 4, 2019

I first met Paul, the founder of Saltspring Island Mussels at his home on Salt Spring Island in December 2018 while visiting longtime members Gary and Radha who just happen to be Paul’s next door neighbours. Paul was a gracious host, inviting me into his kitchen where we talked for hours about fishing and the … 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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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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