News From the Top Deck


2023 was our 15th season as a Community Supported Fishery and a year filled with powerful impact and exciting new relationships, achievements, and recognitions. And in spite of ongoing crises, conflicts, and anxieties in the world, Skipper Otto continues to be a refuge for me, a community built on meaningful human connection and collaboration, reminding … Continued

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Standing Up for Our Fishers: An Unsatisfying Conclusion

September 8, 2023

Back in early June, we shared a story about our halibut fisher, Doug Kostering and DFO’s seizure of his catch. It’s been a long bumpy road this summer with an unsatisfying conclusion so we feel it is the right time for an update.  As a recap, our longtime halibut fisher, Doug Kostering, was accused by … Continued

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Chinook Fishing with Shaun and Lyndon Strobel

August 29, 2023

(Photo courtesy of Shaun Strobel. Shaun and Lyndon Strobel on the Eldorado boat) This summer marked a big moment in the Strobel family — both our sons, Oliver and Lyndon, now have their faces on the salmon labels of fish they caught while fishing with their dad, Shaun! The idea for Skipper Otto was born … Continued

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Fishing Adventures with Shaun and Oliver Strobel

July 31, 2023

(Photo courtesy of Shaun Strobel. Oliver Strobel on the Eldorado boat) My oldest son, Oliver, has been going out fishing with his dad, Shaun, and his grandpa, Otto, since he was 5 years old. It seems like just a couple of years ago that little boy was begging to go out fishing for the first … Continued

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The Surf Isle – the rich history of a beloved boat

July 13, 2023

(Photo courtesy of Ritchie Shaw. The Surf Isle boat at the church in Smith Inlet circa early 1960’s) Along the coast of British Columbia, there is rich history of the fishing industry and with it come tales of the boats lovingly bought and restored by fishers and boat enthusiasts. A boat mechanic in his early life, … Continued

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The reason I co-founded Skipper Otto with my husband Shaun, was to stand up for and support independent fishing families, and this mission has never been more important. On Friday June 2nd, armed DFO officers visited both our Fisherman’s Wharf location in False Creek, Vancouver, as well as our cold storage facility in Surrey, BC, … Continued

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Stronger Together: BC Young Fishermen’s Gathering

April 18, 2023

The fishing industry in Canada has been really good at breaking apart connections over the last 150 years. It has separated consumers from harvesters through long complex supply chains; pitted Indigenous and non-Indigenous harvesters against one another and moved the industry out of the hands of independent families. The resulting scarcity mentality and pervasive “us … Continued

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Celebrating Natasha Marshall Gallic – a strong, proud Tseshaht fisher

March 7, 2023

For International Women’s Day this year, I want to celebrate my friend Natasha Marshall Gallic, a role model woman who challenges the status quo, defies stereotypes, has a passion for reinventing for justice, and is a constant source of inspiration to me. Among her many talents, Natasha fishes for salmon for her family, her community, … Continued

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Thanks For Your Support in 2020!

November 27, 2020

What a year 2020 was! I’m so proud and humbled by all our members, including those who joined for the first time ever, and those who have been with us for years. Our members came together to support fishing families and to create a better sustainable seafood system – one that works for people, communities, … Continued

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Active Listening: Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Perspectives on Canada’s Fisheries

November 25, 2020

When tensions in the Nova Scotia lobster fishery between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishermen erupted into violence last month, we all watched with dismay and fear, concerned for the safety and livelihoods of the Mi’kmaq fishermen. Like you, we worried about how a peaceful resolution would be found and what this conflict meant for Indigenous/ non-Indigenous … Continued

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"It is vitally important to us that our seafood is harvested sustainably, and we have found it's equally important for us to share with our son that food is on our table thanks to the efforts of families who fish in BC waters and folks who are committed to the health of our oceans."