Astoria, Oregon is a sleepy little fishing village at the mouth of the Columbia River. It was a far more bustling town until the 1970’s when the lack of proper management let fish stocks collapse, when the Bumblebee and salmon canneries closed down. With fish populations now returned to sustainable levels, local fishermen have seen a renaissance, with the old fish plants at the dock replaced by modern processors and cannabis shops (thus the sleepiness).
S2T’s Nathan Lann was at the dock in Astoria last week where he helped unload the F/V Marie Kathleen from a groundfish trip; Dover, Petrale, Rex, Arrowtooth, and English Soles, Yellowtail rockfish (and other rockfish), Ling cod, Pacific cod, Skate, and a little incidental Octopus. Nathan said “they looked REALLY REEEEEEEEALLY gorgeous in person.” Another boat landed with Pacific Squid, and a net fisherman brought in 750 pounds of Columbia River King Salmon. Astoria will begin seeing line caught Albacore Tuna this month, and is a dock with great variety and great fishermen who, although sometimes sleepy, deserve our support.
We shipped our first fresh sockeye of the season from Alaska’s Taku River. Winston Warr line caught and pressure bled the fish on-board, packed them in S2T boxes and gave them to FedEx, who delivered them next day to Jax Fish Houses in Kansas City and throughout Colorado. Jax are “super happy with the product.”
Sean Dimin was at the dock in Montauk last week, meeting with our ace cutter Kleber Sanmartin. Although Striped Bass and Summer Flounder seasons have started off slow, summer is heating up with line caught Yellowfin Tuna and Swordfish expected to be plentiful along with Golden Tilefish.
Montauk Point is a beautiful spot on the Fourth of July.
All the best,
from the Dimin Family and the Sea to Table team