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We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to Melissa and Joel Collier, our Skipper Otto fishing family! Did you know wild BC scallops even existed? Wild BC scallops are abundant, sustainable, and Ocean Wise recommended. Did you know there was a wild fishery for them? Most people probably don’t! And if there ever was … Continued

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Ethics, economics collide in Canada’s seafood sector, Business in Vancouver, South China Morning Post

November 11, 2016

Read the full story at SCMP.com.   “Suppliers who boycott unsustainable seafood contend with less-conscientious competition Another option for consumers who want to be as sustainable as possible is to become a member of community-supported fisheries such as Vancouver’s Skipper Otto’s. That company gets members to pre-purchase a share of one of about 30 British Columbian … Continued

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‘Largest’ recorded chum salmon run: 2 million fish overload nets, burden boats, By Yvette Brend, CBC News

November 5, 2016

Read the full story at CBC.ca. ‘I knew guys that were having nets starting to sink there were so many extra fish’ “Record numbers of chum salmon — two million fish — returned to B.C’s West Coast this year, bringing good news for fishermen fatigued by word of record lows of Fraser River sockeye. “We’ve had … Continued

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Canada’s RadicalGenerosity funding model gears up for global expansion, by Denise Deveau, Financial Post

October 12, 2016

Read the full story at the Financial Post. “40% Growth A homegrown funding program, which helped five female entrepreneurs achieve about 30 per cent revenue growth in its first year, was so successful the initiative is doubling its size in Canada and being rolled out internationally. Vancouver-based Sonia Strobel, managing director of Skipper Otto’s Community Supported … Continued

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Vancouver community fishery helps independent fishermen thrive, by Wanyee Li for Metro

July 9, 2016

Read the full story at Metro. “A community-fishing enterprise in Vancouver has grown so popular the founders are planning to build two of their own processing plants. Sonia Strobel and her husband, Shaun, started Skipper Otto’s Community-Supported Fishery in 2008 after they realized Shaun could not make a living as a fisherman on his own. The … Continued

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Read the full story at the Vancouver Sun. “This is one of the rare cities in the world where a fishing fleet and its fishermen remain a viable part of the community. This weekend was Harbour Days with fish barbecue by donation, a band and, on Saturday, many of them gathered on the dock at False … Continued

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Canadian fishermen’s cooperative plans processing plant in Vancouver, Undercurrent News

May 24, 2016

Read the full story at Undercurrent News. “Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery, which directly sells its produce to Canadian consumers, plans to build a processing plant at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf in a suburb of Vancouver. The cooperative is in talks with local authorities to use federal land for the plant and is trying to … Continued

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Fish processing plant planned for False Creek as community supported fisheries grow, By Chad Pawson for CBC News

May 22, 2016

Read the full story at CBC News British Columbia. “Direct-to-consumer model working so well, independent fishermen now need own cutting space Shaun and Sonia Strobel founded Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery in 2008 as a way for Otto Strobel — Shaun’s father — to keep fishing independently at a time when it was becoming increasingly more difficult … Continued

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Family hopes to reel in better business for fishermen, by Daphne Bramham for The Province

May 21, 2016

Featured in  The Province. “Buy Local movement heads offshore with Skipper Otto’s at the helm The fishermen are paid 30 per cent more for their catch than what the corporations are paying … This is one of the rare cities in the world where a fishing fleet and its fishermen remain a viable part of … Continued

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B.C. a mecca for social enterprise, Sauder study finds, by Randy Shore for the Vancouver Sun

May 11, 2016

Read the full story at the Vancouver Sun. “Growth in the social enterprise sector is dramatically outpacing that of the larger B.C. economy, according to a new study released by the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. ‘I’m in a social enterprise because I believe that when there is something broken in the … Continued

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