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Dock tours in Warrenton demystify buying locally

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 11, 2017 8:56AM

Last changed on July 11, 2017 10:16AM

A fisherman in Newport answers questions about crabs during last year’s Shop at the Dock tours, which were organized by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

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A fisherman in Newport answers questions about crabs during last year’s Shop at the Dock tours, which were organized by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Joe Phillips, of fishing vessel Triggerfish, shows off an albacore tuna during last year’s Shop at the Dock tours in Newport, which were organized by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Lynn Ketchum/Submitted Photo

Joe Phillips, of fishing vessel Triggerfish, shows off an albacore tuna during last year’s Shop at the Dock tours in Newport, which were organized by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Kaety Jacobson, an Oregon Sea Grant marine fisheries specialist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service, leads a tour during last year’s Newport Shop at the Dock.

Lynn Ketchum/Submitted Photo

Kaety Jacobson, an Oregon Sea Grant marine fisheries specialist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service, leads a tour during last year’s Newport Shop at the Dock.

A crab fisherman in Newport answers questions during Newport’s Shop at the Dock tours last year, which were organized by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Lynn Ketchum/Submitted Photo

A crab fisherman in Newport answers questions during Newport’s Shop at the Dock tours last year, which were organized by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University’s Extension Service.


WARRENTON — Curious about acquiring crab? Salivating for fresh-caught salmon? Organizers hope guided, dockside tours Friday will illuminate where and how to buy seafood locally.

Modeled after a similar program in Newport, Clatsop County’s version of “Shop the Dock” will start at the docks in the Warrenton Marina and include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Skipanon Brand Seafood cannery.

Organizers hope the tours this week, and a second round scheduled in September, will help demystify the process of buying seafood by connecting seafood lovers with commercial fishermen and processors. Experts with Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service will lead the tours. Unlike Newport, Clatsop County does not have as many fishermen selling directly from their boats, so the tours will focus on other types of sellers.

In Newport, the tours have occurred every summer since 2014 and drew more than 350 people last year, according to Kaety Jacobson, an Oregon Sea Grant marine fisheries specialist.

In Warrenton, two tours are scheduled for Friday, one at 9 a.m. and a second at 11 a.m. at 550 N.E. Harbor Place.

The 90-minute tours are free, but space is limited. Call the extension office at 503-325-8573 to register, preferably by Wednesday.

Organizers recommend attendees wear comfortable walking shoes and arrive 15 minutes early.

The second round of tours will be held Sept. 15, also in Warrenton.







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