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(Photo credit: Sonia Strobel, Skipper Otto team with fisher families) Summer might seem pretty far off to most of you, but this is the time of year when fishing families start thinking about and planning for the fishing season ahead. And what better way to prepare than to spend a meaningful couple of days in … Continued

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2023 – A Year in Review

November 17, 2023

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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Changing of Seasons – a reflection

October 26, 2023

(Photo credit: Sonia Strobel, Fishing boat Eldorado) I always find the change of seasons to be a powerful time for reflection. This year’s final day of summer and first day of autumn were particularly filled with nostalgia and reflection for me as we headed out on a boat repositioning trip. Boat repositioning trips are a … Continued

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Sustainable Salmon in 2020

June 15, 2020

I’m not sure if you heard the news, but back in October 2019, an organization representing the larger seafood companies in BC announced that they were voluntarily withdrawing from the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) sustainable fisheries certification program for sockeye, chum, and pink salmon. This means that sockeye, chum, and pink salmon caught in BC … Continued

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A Toddler on the Tantrum

May 12, 2020

Thank you to one of our incredible fishing super moms, Pilar Martinelli, for sending in this blog about life as a fishing family on their vessel, The Tantrum, with their toddler Rex!  This is our third year fishing as a family of three and my oh my, have we come a long way! From carriers … Continued

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Bruce, Pilar and Rex Martinelli are back for an interview to talk lingcod and tuna fishing, favourite recipes, family life on and off board, and why they love working with Skipper Otto and eating Canadian sustainable seafood. If you missed their last story, Pilar writes to us about having their toddler, Rex, on board, the … Continued

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Looking Back on 2019 with Skipper Otto

October 21, 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 on 2019 with enormous pride at all we accomplished this year and over the past decade. Thank you for being part of this incredible ground-swell of support for BC’s … Continued

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Meet the Lincezs & Their Famous Spot Prawns!

June 7, 2019

Our beloved fishing family, Scott and Karen Lincez, are famous for their exquisite spot prawns and shrimp. Scott is a first-generation fisherman who has fished for 33 years (and counting!). We wanted to share their story and why the current fishing industry fails families like theirs. Preparing for prawning Scott and Karen Lincez are based … Continued

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Doug is Here with Our Halibut!

May 28, 2019

Doug Kostering, our halibut fisherman just offloaded his first halibut catch of the year! Yum! A 4th generation ‘Namgis nation fisherman, Doug started fishing with his grandpa when he was just a boy. And now, Doug is passing the tradition down to his children. His twenty-four-year-old son Matteo helps with the family business, and Doug … Continued

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