Based on a press release by , Oregon Sea Grant
Joe Phillips, of fishing vessel Triggerfish, shows off an albacore tuna during Oregon Sea Grant’s Shop on the Dock tour in Newport.

Engagement takes many forms, and in this case wears the dual banners of education and economic development.

In Newport, Ore., Oregon Sea Grant created a consumer seafood education and shopping program called Shop on the Dock.

Shop on the Dock is an opportunity for coastal visitors and residents to learn what seafood is in season on the Oregon coast, meet the people who catch the fish and learn how to tell when the seafood they buy is of high quality. Oregon Sea Grant staff lead the tours, describe the fisheries and help those who want to navigate the process.

The 90-minute tours have taken place for the past four years on several dates in July and August. The tours are free and on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours again will be offered in 2017.

Those who plan to buy seafood direct from the fishermen are asked bring cash and a cooler with ice. Comfortable shoes with good traction are important, as the tours cover some distance on working commercial fishing docks.

Newport-based Kaety Jacobson, a Sea Grant fisheries specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, compares the tours to “going down to the docks with a friend who knows the seafood – and knows the fishermen.”

Don’t forget about the Oregon Sea Grant app called Oregon’s Catch. The app identifies locations along the entire Oregon coast where people can buy fresh and frozen seafood caught by Oregon fishermen.

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4 thoughts on “Teaching consumers how to buy fresh seafood

  1. We buy tuna and crab off of the docks every summer and will do so again this year. We weren’t aware of these tours, but would absolutely love to take one. Is there some sort of mailing list I can join to be informed when they occur? Thanks!

    • Dates for the Shop at the Dock will be finalized in the near future. The program will also be held in Astoria and Charleston, though not as frequently as Newport.

      Newport will land on Fridays, on days in July and August (though again not sure which ones yet).

  2. This year, Shop at the Dock is offered in Warrenton, July 14 and September 15 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.) and in Newport July 14, 21 and 28 and again August 4, 11, and 18, at 9:30, 11:00, 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. In Warrenton, meet at the Warrenton Marina near the harbormaster’s office. In Newport, meet on the sidewalk by Port Dock 5 and look for the Oregon Sea Grant logo.

  3. Senator Merkley will be recognizing the OSU Extension Service at a town hall meeting for the “Shop at the Dock” program! The meeting is August 9, at the Newport Rec Center from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.


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