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With the arrival of the snow, winter has finally arrived in Vancouver and that means it’s time to reflect on what we have accomplished together in 2022 and to start thinking about the 2023 season. This year was the 14th season that Shaun and I have run Skipper Otto, and our 8th season with our … Continued

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Your 2022 holiday questions answered!

December 13, 2022

In order to help answer any last minute questions, we’ve put together this special holiday FAQ before we take a much-needed holiday break! There’s a good chance you’ll find the answer to your question on this handy list. We’ll be back in the office on Tuesday January 3rd to answer any questions that don’t get … Continued

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide

December 2, 2022

As you start planning for entertaining friends and family leading up to the holidays, why not share some amazing wild sustainable seafood with them – like a beautiful side of sockeye salmon for the table, or a gorgeous ring of spot prawns as an appetizer? Looking for unique stocking stuffers? Any of our canned salmon … Continued

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Skipper Otto Seasonality Guide

October 14, 2022

Fishing is a difficult industry to plan, but we still like to have an idea of what to expect when! That’s why we do our best to predict what our fishing families will be catching, and when we expect it will be available for our members with our seasonality guide. Remember: these are our best … Continued

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Updates on our 5 Pacific Salmon Species

August 25, 2022

With news on record returns for sockeye, followed by conflicting stories about dwindling sockeye runs, it’s no surprise if folks aren’t sure what to think about this season’s salmon runs in BC! That’s why we’ve laid it out for you in our 2022 Pacific salmon update. Read more to learn how the season’s going (so … Continued

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Soy Glazed Sablefish

August 18, 2022

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Sablefish is a really fun species to cook with. The high oil content makes it very hard to overcook, even when exposed to high cooking temperatures like broiling or grilling. The velvety white flesh pairs extremely well with this soy glaze that is salty, savoury, and sweet. As Tianna our Member Services Manager said, “this … Continued

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Active Listening in Action

August 15, 2022

A while ago, I shared with you some of my reflections after a month of active listening on the topic of Indigenous/ non-Indigenous fishing relations. Little did I know, that work would shape the year ahead in profound ways, helping us articulate the purpose and vision of Skipper Otto, and guiding our everyday decision-making. And … Continued

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Ordering Your Fresh Mussels

July 28, 2022

We offer fresh mussels to our members in Metro Vancouver every two weeks. These mussels are for pre-order and sold by the pound, which we suggest as one serving size if mussels are your main course (though real mussel lovers might be able to take on 1.5-2lbs by themselves!) Read more about your mussel grower, … Continued

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Eldorado is Back!

June 6, 2022

Guess what? This old salmon gillnetter, Eldorado, is back in the family! Why so excited, you might ask? I mean, let’s be clear: to say she’s rustic is an understatement. She’s definitely no pleasure boat. There are a couple of bunks, a sink, a little fridge and a stove. If you want to shower, you’ll … Continued

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Sampling Darryl and Angutimarik’s Arctic Char

May 20, 2022

Our latest batch of Arctic char was a special one, hailing all the way from Kannak Lake and Tubliniq Lake in Nunavut. You see, the char in these lakes can only be fished by harvesters holding a special experimental license. Very little data exists on the char populations in these two lakes, but Project Nunavut (the non-profit we work with to get our … Continued

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"The connection the CSF provides between fishers and fish eaters (like me) is a special one. It inspires me to see Skipper Otto’s CSF building relationships between urban seafood lovers, the fishers, and their communities. "