News From the Top Deck


Pilar Martinelli, one of our lingcod fishing families, sends this report from their ongoing lingcod fishing trip this month. We left the dock this year, with not only a washer and dryer on board, but a baby! Our son, Rex Orson Martinelli, joined the crew of the Tantrum as the world’s youngest lingcod fisherman at … Continued

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Shape of the Season, 2017

May 1, 2017

Every year in spring, we put together our best predictions for the fishing season, what we expect to be catching and when we expect to have it available to our members. By this time of year, we have heard the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ predictions, read scientific reports, listened to traditional wisdom, and spoken … 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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Record-breaking Salmon Runs in 2016

November 4, 2016

The media loves a bad news story. All summer and fall, you probably saw headlines like “‘Grim’ Fraser River salmon runs even worse than forecast” and “Low B.C. salmon stocks prompt consumer warning.” With headlines like this, it’s easy to start to wonder if we should even be eating BC salmon. There’s no doubt that … Continued

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Where is the halibut?

August 31, 2016

Many of our members are asking when they can expect to see halibut in the store. Unfortunately, halibut has been extremely challenging this year and, at this point, it looks like we won’t be able to secure any for our members. We think it’s important that our members understand why this is necessary for our … Continued

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You may have seen recent articles like this one in today’s Vancouver Sun about the extremely low numbers of sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser River this year. And while this year’s closure of fishing on the Fraser River sockeye runs was not entirely unexpected, the realities are much worse than anticipated and this has conscientious seafood consumers wondering … Continued

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Talking to Fish

July 27, 2016

Last week, Oliver went fishing this his dad, Shaun. Ever since school let out, our 8-year-old son has been begging to go fishing. And last week, he finally got his wish! For days before they left, Oliver was talking about how they would have to get up in the middle of the night (5am) to leave for fishing. … Continued

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The start of salmon season

May 31, 2016

Rhubarb. Asparagus. Strawberries. And salmon! Nothing says summer quite like the bounty of local food that becomes available this time of year. And for fishing families, the first salmon openings of the year really are the hallmark of summer.   The first salmon openings of the year are on June 7th this year in Barkley … Continued

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Red King Crab: A BC Fisherman’s Best Kept Secret

April 27, 2016

Ever had BC red king crab? Neither had we! Until our crabbers Duncan Cameron and Sarah Clarke began catching them off Prince Rupert last week, we didn’t even know there was a commercial red king crab fishery in BC. King crab are well known and aptly named as the king of all crab species. They … Continued

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The Shape of the Season: 2016 Predictions

April 5, 2016

The 2016 CSF fishing season is nearly upon us! After weeks of chatting with our fishermen and awaiting Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) predictions, we’re excited to tell you a bit about what you can expect this fishing season and when you might start receiving this year’s bounty of seafood! May: Spot Prawns:  The … Continued

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