HOW IT WORKS
Everything that we catch and process in Port Orford is reserved just for our CSF members via an online seafood marketplace that we call: THE DOCK. This is your window into our inventory.
Every Monday, The Dock is updated with new cuts that we have brought in and processed over the preceding week. This serves as your cue to check out what is fresh at The Dock, and build out your share for that month.
The cost of your share each month depends entirely on your tastes. Most of the cuts offered in The Dock range between $10 – 20/ lb, with some standouts – such as Chinook Salmon and Shucked Dungeness Crab – typically costing closer to $30/lb.
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 with hook-and-line - This ensures fishermen don't overfish, don't disrupt critters on the ocean floor, and don't catch the wrong fish unlike commercial net casting.
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! All our fish is sushi and sashimi grade.
Each package is labeled with the captain and name of the fishing vessel who caught it, so you know not only where your fish is from - but who it’s from.
We provide personal attention to all of our CSF members – you’re what keeps Port Orford fishing!
We personally deliver your seafood using our freezer van – so you can trace where your fish is from because, heck, 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 keeps Port Orford fishing vessels small in size - ensuring we’re taking care of the marine environment by polluting less and catching the right amount of fish
Due to the overall small size of our fleet, Port Orford boats aren’t able to make long fishing trips which means their fish is making its way from ocean to fillet in considerably less time. 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 locations in Western OR.
Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, Ashland, Jacksonville, Cave Junction, Coos Bay, and Port Orford
**Specific pickup dates are available in your member account after you join**
Yes, if you want the ability to purchase the full array of the seafood caught in Port Orford.
Earlybird Period (Oct 15 – Dec 31) $30
Regular Period (Jan 01 – Feb 28) $40
Late Period (Mar 01 – Apr 30) $50
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 shares be used by the December delivery to your area. This is because we used your share credits to buy seafood for you during that fishing year and can’t carry a large inventory from year to year. If you renew your membership by the end of the year, and have a balance of $50 or less any remaining share credits will automatically be rolled over to the next year.
$1 = 1 share credit. So for example $100 equals 100 credits within ‘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.
$1 = 1 share credit. When you join you select the size of your share, in $100 increments. This money becomes your credit within your private member account. You use these credits to purchase items from within our online store, ‘The Dock’.
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 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.