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The reason I co-founded Skipper Otto with my husband Shaun, was to stand up for and support independent fishing families, and this mission has never been more important. On Friday June 2nd, armed DFO officers visited both our Fisherman’s Wharf location in False Creek, Vancouver, as well as our cold storage facility in Surrey, BC, … Continued

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Skipper Otto Seasonality Guide

May 31, 2023

Fishing is a difficult industry to plan, but we always like to let our members know what to expect for the coming year! We do our best to predict what our fishers will be catching – and when we expect it will be available, so we created this handy seasonality guide. Remember though: these are … Continued

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Stronger Together: BC Young Fishermen’s Gathering

April 18, 2023

The fishing industry in Canada has been really good at breaking apart connections over the last 150 years. It has separated consumers from harvesters through long complex supply chains; pitted Indigenous and non-Indigenous harvesters against one another and moved the industry out of the hands of independent families. The resulting scarcity mentality and pervasive “us … Continued

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Favourite CSA’S in Metro Vancouver

April 5, 2023

We know that you, our members truly value knowing where their food comes from, and in our case, who caught your sustainable seafood. So when we asked you to fill out a quick survey and tell us who your favourite CSA’s were, we received a tremendous response and a very full list! So we got … Continued

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Hope and optimism following the Fisheries for Communities Gathering

March 14, 2023

I’m bursting with hope and optimism following the Fisheries for Communities Gathering this past month in Victoria, and I couldn’t resist sharing my excitement with all of you (the Skipper Otto community). When Canadian politicians come together with thoughtful, cross-party support for a grassroots issue that helps independent fishing families – it should be celebrated! … Continued

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For International Women’s Day this year, I want to celebrate my friend Natasha Marshall Gallic, a role model woman who challenges the status quo, defies stereotypes, has a passion for reinventing for justice, and is a constant source of inspiration to me. Among her many talents, Natasha fishes for salmon for her family, her community, … Continued

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Independent fishing families need your help: sign the petition!

February 24, 2023

Since we started Skipper Otto in 2008, our goal has always been to fight for the rights of individual harvesters and coastal First Nations, to ensure the value of the fisheries flow into –  not away from – our communities. One of the most beautiful things about the Skipper Otto community is that folks like … Continued

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Reflections and Connections

February 6, 2023

As we plan for the year ahead, we begin to reach out to our families. I love reconnecting in the new year, hearing all about their holidays and their families, and getting their perspectives on what the upcoming fishing season might look like. For many multi-generational fishing families their predictions about the season ahead are … Continued

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What We Accomplished Together in 2022!

December 14, 2022

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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