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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!)

miniboatOmega V minifishSalmon minihookGillnetting minilocationNorthern & Mid Coast

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.

miniboatBMW minifishSalmon minihookGillnetting minilocationWest Coast of Vancouver Island & Mid-Coast

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.

miniboatLormax minifishSalmon, Crab, Spot Prawns minihookGillnetting & Trapping minilocationEnglish Bay, Howe Sound & Fraser River

Scott started fishing more than 30 years ago and currently divides his time between collecting data for marine research, prawning, and shrimping. Scott lives in Qualicum, BC, on Vancouver Island.

miniboatRobson Byte minifishPrawns & Shrimp minihookTrapping & Trawling minilocationSalish Sea, BC

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.

miniboatLisa Jess minifishScallops minihookButterfly Trawl minilocationJohnstone Strait, BC

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.

miniboatFive Kings minifishSalmon minihookTrolling minilocationNorth and Central Coast of BC

Doug Kostering

Doug Kostering

Independence Day for a Halibut Fisherman!

miniboatPaper Chase minifishHalibut and Salmon minihookBottom Longlining and Gillnetting minilocation Central Coast and Johnstone Strait, BC
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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.

miniboatIsland Sun minifishHake and Rockfish minihookMid-water trawling minilocationOff the west coast of Vancouver Island

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.

miniboatCold Fish minifishAlbacore tuna minihookTrolling minilocationOff the coasts of Vancouver Island, BC & Oregon/Washington

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.

miniboatTartu minifishLingcod & Salmon minihookTrolling minilocationWest Coast of Vancouver Island, North & Central Coast of BC

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!

miniboat minifishOysters minihookBeach-grown! minilocationCortes Island, BC

Steve fishes aboard his 50’ boat, The Triple M while trolling the waters around BC’s central coast. Steve started deckhanding when he was 16 and fishes today with his own teenage kids.

miniboatThe Triple M minifishSalmon minihookTrolling minilocationCentral Coast of BC

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.

miniboatOld Style minifishSalmon minihookGillnetting minilocationMost areas of BC Coast

Bruce and Pilar Martinelli

A Toddler on the Tantrum

miniboatTantrum No. 1 minifishTuna & Lingcod minihookTrolling minilocationOff the coasts of Vancouver Island, BC & Oregon/Washington
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Bruce and Pilar Martinelli

Danny, a second generation fisherman, often fishes in coordination with his son, Dean.

miniboatAbout Time I minifishSalmon minihookGillnetting minilocationNorth & Central Coast of BC

Rick, a fourth generation fisherman fishes up and down the BC coast. He has been fishing for as long as he can remember.

miniboatRed Bone minifishSalmon minihookGillnetting minilocationMost areas of BC Coast

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.

miniboat minifishMussels minihookGrown and harvested minilocationSalt Spring Island & Desolation Sound, BC

Darin's family has been in the BC fishing industry for generations. He started fishing when he was 10 years old.

miniboatLisa Joy C. minifishSalmon minihookGillnetting minilocationCentral and south coast of BC

Mike, a fourth generation fisherman, fishes with his partner, Sharon, for salmon along the west coast of Vancouver Island. He has fished his own boat since he was 14 years old.

miniboatT-Bone minifishSalmon minihookGillnetting minilocationWest coast of Vancouver Island, BC

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.

miniboatSun Mariner minifishSalmon minihookGillnetting minilocationNorth & Central Coast of BC

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.

miniboatSure Thing minifishSalmon minihookGillnetting minilocationCentral and south coast of BC

Mike has been fishing the coast for over 20 years. He fishes spot prawns in the early summer season then switches to trolling for salmon for the rest of the summer.

miniboatAlpine Star minifishSpot Prawns minihookTraps minilocationJohnstone Strait, BC

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