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A fishing veteran, not missing a single salmon fishing season between 1969 and 2016! Otto retired for the second time when he sold his boat in 2018 (it might stick this time!)
Shaun is our lead fisherman and fishing industry expert with an MA in the history and political economy of the BC fishing industry and a lifetime fishing the BC coast.
Delia Becker and Scott Rempel
We first met Delia back in the June of 2015 when she emailed us looking for a way to connect her lovingly-grown oysters and clams to local consumers. She had heard about our CSF and was very eager that our innovative model of connecting fishermen directly to consumers might provide an alternative to selling her shellfish overseas, as is the case with the vast majority of our locally grown shellfish. We were intrigued at the possibility of being able to offer ethical, local shellfish directly to our members and at being able to help the shellfish growers of Cortes Island continue their traditional, small-scale way of life!
Mike and Sharon Bennett
Mike, a fourth generation fisherman, fishes with his partner, Sharon, for salmon along the west coast of Vancouver Island. Mike has fished his own boat since he was 14 years old. He and Sharon met when they were young and have been fishing together for decades.
Joel and Melissa Collier
Joel & Melissa fish aboard their 42′ boat, Lisa Jess, using a butterfly trawl net in Johnstone Strait, BC. A 4th generation fisherman, Joel grew up fishing and took over his parents fishing operations in 2014.
Rick, a fourth generation fisherman fishes up and down the BC coast. He has been ﬁshing for as long as he can remember.
Joel and Melissa Collier
Joel and Melissa Collier
Fishing Family Perspective: Why Skipper Otto Works for Us
Learn all about Joel and Melissa Collier's experience fishing for Skipper Otto last year.
Gordie, a third generation fisherman, fishes salmon runs all along the BC coast. He has been fishing since he was a kid and remembers starting off as a deckhand for his older sister.
Randy Kitagawa fishes out of the Sunshine Coast with his sons, Cory and Jeff, and his wife Shannon's son, Matt aboard the 30' boat, Norwestern. Randy's family has deep roots in the fishing community of Steveston, BC – his grandfather used to work at the Gulf of Georgia cannery that is now a museum!
Blake, a second generation fisherman has been fishing since he was 14 years old. He freezes his catch at sea during trips that last 2-3 weeks.
Doug is a multi-generation ‘Namgis First Nation ﬁsherman. Doug ﬁshed with his grandpa in the 1960’s and has ﬁshed ever since. His children join him as crew on some trips.
Danny, a second generation fisherman, often fishes in coordination with his son, Dean.
Dean, a third generation fisherman, fishes salmon runs all along the BC coast. He has been fishing since he was a kid and still fishes alongside his father, Danny and his gillnetter.
Introducing Darryl and Our Newest Menu Item: Arctic Char!
Instead of using a boat like our other fishing families, Darryl brings in his catch via snowmobile. Learn about Darryl's Arctic catch in our blog!
Fraser MacDonald is based out of False Creek Fishermen's Wharf and trolls for tuna aboard his 40' vessel, Cold Fish. Fraser grew up in Parksville and is the first person in his immediate family to become a fisherman. As a UVic undergraduate student, he spent his summers as a deckhand. He then got into prawning and captaining vessels in various fisheries. In 2017, Fraser bought his current boat - a flexible freezer troller that could fish in multiple fisheries. He has now been fishing for 15 years. In recent years, Fraser has also been very active in speaking to the Canada's House of Common's Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans about problems in the industry and we have been very supportive of his testimony there.
Barry, a second generation fisherman, has been fishing the BC coast since the 1950's. He is quick with a story and knows a great deal about the history and current fishing industry in BC.
Bruce and Pilar Martinelli
Bruce has been ﬁshing for over 30 years. His wife, Pilar, and his young son, Rex, join him on some of their trips. Bruce and his brother Steve grew up in a lighthouse on the BC coast and are the first fishermen in their family.
Ben, a second generation fisherman, traps spot prawns, humpback shrimp and octopus in various locations around BC. Ben has been fishing since he was 10 years old and has been running boats for 20 years now. He grew up in Sooke, BC and still calls it home.
A 3rd-generation fisherman, and long time friend of Skipper Otto who day-boat fishes out of the False Creek Fishermen's Wharf in Vancouver.
Dafne’s approach to kelp harvesting is well-researched and thoughtful. She harvests her product by hand and chooses to collect less than 10% of kelp beds in order to leave a healthy and sustainable marine canopy. After harvest, the product is gently dried to maintain the most nutrients.
Paul is the founder of Salt Spring Island Mussels. Paul grew his mussel farm from just a tiny operation to now supplying restaurants across Canada, all while staying true to the values of community, environmental conservation, and living wages that we hold so dear. He credits his amazing and talented team for all this success and is very forthcoming about all the trials and tribulations of getting to where they are now.
Darryl Siusangnark is a professional harvester who makes his living off the land around Naujaat in Nunavut, and is a key provider of fish for his community, supplying food for elders, food-insecure households, family, friends, community feasts, and commercial sales. He started fishing with his father in early childhood and has been fishing on his own since he was 18. The way he fishes is a bit different from our other fishermen. Along with other Inuit fishers in his community, Darryl braves frigid weather conditions and travels across the wintry tundra by snowmobile to catch fish from below the ice of frozen lakes using an auger and gillnets.
Ray and Lee Roy Ubell
Based out of Comox, Ray fishes the BC coast alongside his son, Lee Roy. Leaving in early spring, the father-son fishing team trolls their way up the coast, fishing for lingcod, salmon, and other bountiful species, gutting and flash-freezing as they go. They fish off Haida Gwaii and out of Prince Rupert for much of the summer, providing their premium, troll caught fish directly to our CSF members.
Cary is a 4th generation fisherman on both sides of his family. His brother and cousins all currently work alongside him on the boat depending on the season. He is based out of Sointula, BC which is where his family has lived and worked for generations. Cary started fishing with his dad when he was 11 but had been on trips since he was small.
Member since 2012