SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD FROM PORT ORFORD
Port Orford Sustainable Seafood
Port Orford Sustainable Seafood (POSS) was formed in 2009 to help fishermen and the community retain more of the value from our local ocean resources. The existing system here in Port Orford was comprised of only two corporate buyers, this limited access to our own local seafood. Everything left town on a truck and became mystery fish.
We set out to pay a fair-trade price to local fishermen for their fish, to process the fish right here in Port Orford and to pay processing employees a fair wage. We wanted to sell Port Orford fish in Port Orford, and to provide high-quality, sustainable, traceable fish to Oregonians.
In the beginning, we marketed fish at a handful of retail outlets, several high-end restaurants, and farmers markets. Farmers markets were refreshing because we suddenly began to hear something we never heard in the old system: “Thank you for fishing!" These early relationships are the kind of connections we still value and maintain today.
The Community Supported Fishery (CSF) was adapted from the Community Supported Agriculture model (CSA). Like them, CSF’s connect directly with consumers who care about how and where their food is sourced. Members of our CSF pre-pay for local, line-caught seafood. CSF members are closer to the communities that catch and process their local seafood. It encourages sustainable fishing practices, and it strengthens relationships between fishermen and consumers.
The ocean is a public resource – it’s as much yours as it is mine. Fishermen are just licensed agents to access seafood for you. With our fish, you can KNOW YOUR FISHERMAN!