Frozen Fish is BETTER

We all want to feel good about the food we serve our families. We want food that tastes great, is full of nutrients and keeps our planet healthy.

A lot of the advice out there says that fresh fish is better. But that advice is outdated and just plain wrong.

It was good advice years ago, when freezing seafood was a slow process. Today flash freezing instantly cools to temperatures of -20°F and colder, which suspends the seafood in its most flavourful and nutritious state.  If you thaw your seafood correctly, it will be just as nutritious and delicious as the day it was caught.

Most of our Skipper Otto fishermen flash freeze their catch on the boat so it’s frozen even “fresher” than you would get from any grocery store. According to this Norweigan study, fish that is flash frozen on the boat and then thawed properly is as nutritious as you can get. Delicious and nutritious. What’s not to love?

Did you know that all fish sold as sushi has been flash frozen at some point? It’s the law!

It is also safer. Flash frozen fish is safer to eat. Flash freezing kills bacteria and parasites, and studies have found that flash frozen fish can be safe to eat up to ten days after it’s been thawed. Sushi is often thought of as the highest grade of fish because when you eat it raw, its freshness can’t be disguised.

Not only is it fresher, it is a more sustainable practice. Frozen fish is better for the environment. Fresh fish has a short shelf life and tends to be thrown out when it goes off. Frozen fish has a much better chance of fulfilling its destiny as dinner because it is not being thrown out and has a much lower carbon footprint as it doesn’t need to be flown around the world.

By using flash frozen fish caught by small-scale independent fishing families, Skipper Otto can share Canada’s finest seafood with its members in a way we can all feel good about. Want to get in on the goodness?

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Why Skipper Otto Works


We work only with independent Canadian fishermen and ensure they catch seafood according to the limits of the ocean and ensure its sustainable. They are in complete control of their livelihoods and working conditions. This makes them very happy!  

Skipper Otto

Skipper Otto ensures fishermen receive fair pay for the fish they catch and receive their pay promptly. Skipper Otto labels seafood correctly and freezes it to ensure you’re getting the best quality and freshness. We then distribute it to select locations across Canada for you to enjoy!  


You know where your seafood comes from, what it is, when it was caught, and who caught it. You get to enjoy a wide variety of delicious seafood, knowing that you are supporting Canadian fishing families and maintaining the integrity of our ocean ecosystem.  

Why join Skipper Otto?

Fishermen’s Friend

Our fishermen are independent – we don’t own their boats, licences or quotas. They prefer working with us because we treat them with dignity and transparency, and pay living wages for their high quality, sustainably harvested catch.  

Fair Prices

We work hard to keep our member prices competitive with other markets and fish shops. Our supply chain is direct — simpler than the complex, industrial system — making plenty of room for both a fair price for fishermen and for consumer.

Eating with the ecosystem

Eating with the ecosystem means matching our seafood consumption to the rhythms of nature and place. It means celebrating and respecting a region’s marine biodiversity by harvesting a diversity of seafood and respecting the unique seasonality of every species and fishery.