News From the Top Deck


(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 Tantrum Playground

June 7, 2023

Every year, we look forward to hearing from Pilar and Bruce Martinelli and the adventures of Rex, their son, while out fishing for lingcod aboard their boat the ‘Tantrum No.1’. We hope you enjoy this fantastic account of their trip in Pilar’s own words: A new year… a new season… a new experience. Once again, … 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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Baby on Board – Fishing is a Family Affair!

May 24, 2019

Pilar Martinelli, one of our lingcod fishermen, sent us this story about fishing as a family. Pilar describes the joy of including her toddler on their commercial fishing journeys! I find that most people are puzzled, worried, or shocked by the idea of taking a toddler on a working commercial fish boat, but for the … Continued

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