How Skipper Otto Members Made Waves in 2019
It’s been a spectacular year here at Skipper Otto for our 10th anniversary season! As fishing wraps up for the season, I find myself looking back with enormous pride at all we accomplished this year and over the past decade.
How Member Support Has Helped
This year, pre-fishing-season member dollars had a huge impact on our fishing families! Members provided Scott and Karen the upfront dollars they desperately needed for upgrades to their boat and gear to ensure they could get out fishing again this year. Because of member support, Doug, our halibut fisherman was able to secure long term halibut quotas and get the gear needed to start fishing for sablefish. Growth in our number of members meant we were able to welcome aboard new fisherman, Darin Chung and Gordie Johnson. We also provided a stable price for Bruce and Pilar’s tuna and Scott and Karen’s prawns when the rest of the industry was all over the place. These are just a few of the examples of the real, tangible ways that our membership model is making life better for fishing families on BCs coast.
What’s New for 2020
In 2020, we will be welcoming aboard members in several new communities across Canada including Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island, Ottawa, and Hamilton. We’re also excited to be working with local indigenous fishing communities to help support their commercial fisheries in 2020 and beyond!
All of this couldn’t be achieved without the support of our members. 10 great seasons of Skipper Otto have proven beyond a doubt that the Community Supported Fishery model works.
Sign-up for 2020 is now open and we’d love to have you aboard! Join now and you’ll enjoy our lowest membership rates as well as the chance to win some great prizes.
How Membership Works
Make a pledge to our community by signing up for your share before the season starts
Our local, independent fishing families hit the seas
Take your pick from our wide selection of sustainable choices
Pick up your delicious seafood at your nearest neighbourhood pick-up location!
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 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?
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.
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.