Author: Kaety Jacobson,Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University Extension Service
Publish Date: Fall 2017
It was a program that started with a simple problem that presented itself in a feasibility study done by Newport Fishermen’s Wives for a seafood consignment shop. The problem found in the study was that most people, even locals, did not purchase seafood directly from fishermen off the docks because they were scared and intimidated by the process. The people that did buy off the docks had learned to do from a friend who helped build their confidence as a buyer. While Newport Fishermen’s Wives decided not to move forward with a seafood consignment shop, the issue presented in the study lingered.
For Oregon Sea Grant, an organization committed to outreach and engagement programs, this was a simple and exciting fix, Oregon Sea Grant would become the friend and help people connect to local seafood that was already available to them. But the program hit some setbacks early on, low attendance in particular. But by year two with the help of local media outlets, the program not only grew but grew too large with 80 people showing up for a single event, far too many for one educator to lead and for vessels to keep up with the orders. In year three, Lincoln County Economic Development helped fund seasonal educators so the program could keep up with demand and offer more tours. Now, with year 4 just wrapping up, the program
For more information about Shop at the Dock please reach out to Kaety Jacobson at the OSU Lincoln County Extension office, 541-574-6534, or by email at Kaety.Jacobson@oregonstate.edu