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Read the full story at concretegarden.ca. “IF THERE’S ONE THING I feel most conflicted about eating, it’s seafood. My biggest guilty pleasure is built on one of the most unsustainable food industries on our blue planet. Scummy fish farms, excessive by-catch, destructive bottom trawls, inhumane shrimp—the list goes on and on. Luckily, for people like me, … Continued

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You should join the best co-op in Vancouver By Bob Kronbauer, Vancouver Is Awesome

May 29, 2017

Read the full story at Vancouver Is Awesome. “One year ago today I put $300 into a seafood co-op called Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery, after a recommendation by my friend Chad Brealey (host of the food show Salt, Fresh & Field). The idea is a bit like going in on a cow with friends and filling your … Continued

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Top 15 Sustainable Initiatives in British Columbia, L’Autre Couleur by Emie-Claude Lamoureux

December 2, 2016

Read the full story at L’Autre Couleur. “British Columbia is home to so many sustainable companies, organizations, influencers and movements. It was quite difficult to choose our Top 15 Sustainable Initiatives in British Columbia! After reviewing various mission statements, strategies and developments, we are happy to feature these amazing sustainable initiatives that are improving, protecting and … Continued

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Ethics, economics collide in Canada’s seafood sector, Business in Vancouver, South China Morning Post

November 11, 2016

Read the full story at SCMP.com.   “Suppliers who boycott unsustainable seafood contend with less-conscientious competition Another option for consumers who want to be as sustainable as possible is to become a member of community-supported fisheries such as Vancouver’s Skipper Otto’s. That company gets members to pre-purchase a share of one of about 30 British Columbian … Continued

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5 Salmon Runs That Were Awesome This Year, by Vancouver is Awesome

November 7, 2016

Read the full story at Vancouver is Awesome. “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 … Continued

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Read the full story at CBC.ca. ‘I knew guys that were having nets starting to sink there were so many extra fish’ “Record numbers of chum salmon — two million fish — returned to B.C’s West Coast this year, bringing good news for fishermen fatigued by word of record lows of Fraser River sockeye. “We’ve had … Continued

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Canada’s RadicalGenerosity funding model gears up for global expansion, by Denise Deveau, Financial Post

October 12, 2016

Read the full story at the Financial Post. “40% Growth A homegrown funding program, which helped five female entrepreneurs achieve about 30 per cent revenue growth in its first year, was so successful the initiative is doubling its size in Canada and being rolled out internationally. Vancouver-based Sonia Strobel, managing director of Skipper Otto’s Community Supported … Continued

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Vancouver community fishery helps independent fishermen thrive, by Wanyee Li for Metro

July 9, 2016

Read the full story at Metro. “A community-fishing enterprise in Vancouver has grown so popular the founders are planning to build two of their own processing plants. Sonia Strobel and her husband, Shaun, started Skipper Otto’s Community-Supported Fishery in 2008 after they realized Shaun could not make a living as a fisherman on his own. The … Continued

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Fishing family helps keep Vancouver’s waterfront heritage alive, by Daphne Bramham for the Vancouver Sun

May 29, 2016

Read the full story at the Vancouver Sun. “This is one of the rare cities in the world where a fishing fleet and its fishermen remain a viable part of the community. This weekend was Harbour Days with fish barbecue by donation, a band and, on Saturday, many of them gathered on the dock at False … Continued

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Canadian fishermen’s cooperative plans processing plant in Vancouver, Undercurrent News

May 24, 2016

Read the full story at Undercurrent News. “Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery, which directly sells its produce to Canadian consumers, plans to build a processing plant at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf in a suburb of Vancouver. The cooperative is in talks with local authorities to use federal land for the plant and is trying to … Continued

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