We started Skipper Otto in 2008 to help Shaun’s dad, Otto, get a fair price for his catch and to connect directly with seafood lovers.

Welcome

Otto himself

Making a difference

From our family to yours

With the support of our members, Otto enjoyed many more seasons of fishing. As demand grew through members telling their friends, Shaun returned to fishing alongside his dad and eventually introduced our sons, Oliver and Lyndon, to commercial fishing. Today, Skipper Otto members across Canada support dozens of fishing families like ours. We know you’ll love getting to know your fishermen and feeding your family seafood you can feel good about!

– Sonia and Shaun Strobel, Founders

Where it all began

Skipper Otto is Shaun’s dad. He started fishing on the BC coast in the 1960’s. At that time, there were thousands of families like theirs harvesting seafood in traditional, sustainable ways. But by the time Shaun graduated from high school, things had changed. The once robust fleet of independent fishermen had been reduced to a skeleton crew of old men.

Changes to regulations meant that now a handful of massive corporations controlled the industry. And this lengthy supply chain means that seafood now changes hands dozens of times, travelling around the globe before reaching the hands of consumers. This usually means increased costs and environmental damage, lower wages paid to fishermen, and a lack of transparency for consumers.

We want to change how people connect to fisheries.

The changes in the industry led us to where we are today. We started Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery to keep independent small-scale fishing alive in BC, protecting our valuable ocean resources, and ensuring customers have direct access to wild, sustainable BC seafood.

We’ve cut out huge swathes of the supply chain providing you with complete transparency around what we are catching, where, and how. We educate consumers around important issues in fisheries, and are rebuilding robust local food systems and communities.

Welcome

From our family to yours

With the support of our members, Otto enjoyed many more seasons of fishing. As demand grew through members telling their friends, Shaun returned to fishing alongside his dad and eventually introduced our sons, Oliver and Lyndon, to commercial fishing. Today, Skipper Otto members across Canada support dozens of fishing families like ours. We know you’ll love getting to know your fishermen and feeding your family seafood you can feel good about!

– Sonia and Shaun Strobel, Founders

Otto himself

Where it all began

Skipper Otto is Shaun’s dad. He started fishing on the BC coast in the 1960’s. At that time, there were thousands of families like theirs harvesting seafood in traditional, sustainable ways. But by the time Shaun graduated from high school, things had changed. The once robust fleet of independent fishermen had been reduced to a skeleton crew of old men.

Changes to regulations meant that now a handful of massive corporations controlled the industry. And this lengthy supply chain means that seafood now changes hands dozens of times, travelling around the globe before reaching the hands of consumers. This usually means increased costs and environmental damage, lower wages paid to fishermen, and a lack of transparency for consumers.

Making a difference

We want to change how people connect to fisheries.

The changes in the industry led us to where we are today. We started Skipper Otto Community Supported Fishery to keep independent small-scale fishing alive in BC, protecting our valuable ocean resources, and ensuring customers have direct access to wild, sustainable BC seafood.

We’ve cut out huge swathes of the supply chain providing you with complete transparency around what we are catching, where, and how. We educate consumers around important issues in fisheries, and are rebuilding robust local food systems and communities.

So how does joining help?

Financial Support

We are able to help fishing families with unexpected repairs and investments in new equipment because our members make a financial commitment before the fishing season. We also pay fishermen promptly for their catches (which is shockingly rare across the industry).

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. Our presence on the fishing grounds often influences other companies to act in good faith and pay higher prices helping fishermen become price-makers, not price-takers.

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 consumers.

Community supported fisheries

Much more than just fresh, quality seafood.

What is a CSF?

Our fishermen

A relationship of transparency, fairness and equality.

Meet our fishermen

We would love to have you aboard Skipper Otto as a valued member!

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Jacinthe

Member since 2015

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