HOW IT WORKS
A Community Supported Fishery is an alternative way of buying seafood which connects you with the source of who caught your seafood along with the where and when it was caught. Purchasing straight from the source allows you to circumvent big seafood - global supply chains often dominated by large industrial operations - which now more than ever are proving unreliable and totally unsustainable, as a means of fishing and seafood distribution.
Our CSF aims to cut those corporate links out of the supply chain ultimately leading to a better product, with a clear path from the fisherman to your table. When you sign up to be a member of our CSF you can know that your dollars are directly benefiting the Port Orford fishermen that caught it, as well as the team of locals who processed and delivered it. You are helping solidify a way of life in this town, and ultimately preserving our fishing heritage!
Many fisheries are seasonal, but Port Orford boats are fishing year round and bring to shore a huge array of species with different fish yielding special cuts. Here’s a primer on the toothsome flavors members get to select from:
- Albacore Tuna Loins, Albacore Tuna Belly, Shelf Stable Tuna Pouches
- Chinook Salmon Filet, Salmon Trim, Smoked Salmon Collars
- Dungeness Crab – Whole and Meat
- Halibut, Halibut Cheeks, Halibut Trim
- Lingcod and Lingcod Cheeks
- Giant Pacific Octopus
- Sablefish and Smoked Sable
Our friends and family fish year round for a variety of species using hook-and-line which limits negative impacts to the ecosystem.
They handle each fish individually, promptly ice them, and then land them in Port Orford.
Once on land, we fillet, vacuum-seal, and blast freeze in order to preserve that catch day freshness!
Each package is labeled with the captain and name of the fishing vessel who caught it, providing you with 100% traceability.
We provide personal attention to all of our CSF members – you’re what keeps Port Orford fishing!
We deliver your seafood to Community Partner locations around the state using our freezer van ensuring your seafood never leaves our control. We ARE the supply chain!
This rapid freezing process reduces the size of ice crystals and causes less damage to cell membranes. By vacuum-sealing and flash freezing, the freshness of each fish is locked in ensuring a higher quality product, and gives you the consumer more flexibility in deciding when to enjoy the seafood. According to the FDA, in order for fish to be 'sushi' or 'sashimi-grade' it must be frozen at an ambient temperature of -31 degrees Fahrenheit or below until solid and stored at an ambient temperature of -4 degrees Fahrenheit or below for a minimum of 24 hours. Thus, all of our fish is sashimi grade.
Our claim to sustainability is based off what it means to fish out of Port Orford - preserving small-boat, family-operated fishing.
There are two large yellow cranes, known locally as ‘The Hook’, which lift every boat in and out of the water every time they go fishing. The larger of the two has a lift capacity of 25-tons which immediately is a limiting factor. This crane limits the amount of onboard weight each boat can carry making it impossible to tow nets and fish out of Port Orford. It also keeps the size of our boats relatively small leading to shorter fishing trips ultimately shortening the time period between when each fish is caught and when it is filleted, vacuum sealed, and blast frozen. It’s that time out of water that makes all the difference. Because of these things, you can feel good about buying seafood from any fishing vessel in Port Orford.
Anyone can buy our shelf stable, 6oz Albacore Tuna pouches online and have them delivered to the front door via USPS.
The rest of our seafood is available exclusively online within our members only store, ‘The Dock’ which we deliver to 12 community partner locations in Western OR.
- Grants Pass
- Cave Junction
- Coos Bay
- Port Orford
No, we ship select items such as the Black Cod Box and apparel direct to your door. However, if you want access to the full array of the seafood caught in Port Orford... then yes!
Earlybird Period (Nov 1 – Dec 31) $20
Regular Period (Jan 01 – Feb 28) $24
Late Period (Mar 01 – Apr 30) $28
Just like in a CSA, CSF members prepay for their share. Shares start at a minimum of $200 and can be as large as you’d like in $100 increments. You pick the size that is right for you! To better estimate your share size, use our handy share size calculator along the side of the page.
Yes. We ask that you spend your balance by the December delivery to your area. Members then need to renew their membership for the following year.
Members should spend their share credits by, or before their scheduled December delivery. Unused share credits are rolled over into the following years balance when you renew. If you don't renew, we will donate your balance to our local Common Good Food Pantry.
$1 = 1 share credit. So for example $100 equals 100 credits within ‘The Dock’. When you join you select the size of your share, this money becomes your credit within your own private member account. You use these credits to purchase items from within our online store, ‘The Dock’.
You can select to either mail us a check or pay via credit card. You will be asked to select your payment method during the registration process. Please allow up to 5 business days for your check to be processed and the credit added to your account.
Prices vary year to year, season to season, and species to species. On average you can expect a range of prices from around $6 for a shelf stable pouch of Albacore Tuna on up to around $30/lb for Chinook Salmon.
During processing, we portion each fillet into approximate 1lb portions, and generally accept a weight variance of .85lbs to 1.15lbs.
By logging into your member account using either the link provided within our weekly email, or clicking the ‘LOGIN’ button at the top of this page. Each of your monthly orders will be personalized over the course of several weeks, as the catch comes in.
After you’ve completed checkout, you are automatically emailed an invoice confirmation reflecting the items and quantities you selected. We then pack your order into your share bag for delivery. During this time the actual weights of each item are recorded. After your order is packed you receive a second emailed invoice reflecting the adjusted weights and corresponding price. It is this price that is deducted from your credit balance.
Yes! We encourage you to try and right size your for the whole year using our share size calculator, but we realize this isn't always an option. Login to your member account and click "Share Credits" at the top of the screen. A drop down menu will appear reading 'Current Share Credits'... click it! Your current credits will appear along with a blue button labeled "Add share credit". Click and follow the prompts.