Have you ever wanted to buy seafood right from the boat, but weren’t sure what questions to ask or what to look for? Have you ever stood at a seafood market staring at all the choices, but not been sure what was local or in season?
This summer is your chance to learn more about buying seafood. Experts with Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service will demystify the process during free, guided dockside tours in Newport that connect seafood lovers with commercial fishermen.
Oregon Sea Grant and Extension have been offering the tours — called Shop at the Dock — every summer in Newport since 2014, but this year, the event expands to Warrenton.
During the tours, participants learn what seafood is in season, how it’s caught, if it’s sustainable, and how to identify and buy high-quality fish and shellfish. Last year, the tours drew more than 350 people, said Kaety Jacobson, an Oregon Sea Grant marine fisheries specialist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.
Dates for the Newport tours are July 14, 21 and 28, and Aug. 4, 11 and 18, with groups departing from Dock 5 at 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. each day. The 90-minute tours are free and on a first-come, first-served basis. In Newport, registration is required only for groups of five or more by calling 541-574-6534 ext. 57427.
Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes with traction, arrive 15 minutes early, and bring cash and a cooler with ice. For disability accommodations, please call the number above.