Experts with Oregon Sea Grant Extension Service have been working with the public to help demystify the process of buying fish 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 throughout the summer. Remaining dates for the tours are tomorrow (8-11) and next Friday (8-18).
Yesterday during Senator Merkley’s Newport town hall, Jacobson was presented with an American flag that had been flown over the White House to celebrate the success of the Shop at the Dock program. Joe Phillips from the F/V Triggerfish accepted the flag with Kaety – Joe and his brother have been among the host of direct sellers who have made the Shop at the Dock program so successful.
Last year, Jacobson said the tours drew more than 350 people. Groups will be departing from dock 5 every half hour beginning at 9:30 a.m., with the last tour starting at 11 a.m.. The 90-minute tours are free and on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes with traction, arrive 15 minutes early, and bring cash and a cooler with ice.