About the Summit

The 3rd Local Seafood Summit celebrates the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of small-scale and community-based seafood businesses committed to strengthening our local, regional, and national food systems.  It is an opportunity to showcase progress within the Local Catch Network, expand the community, and gain practical skills and knowledge that can help seafood businesses thrive.

The goals of the summit are to: (1) facilitate knowledge sharing, mentor relationships, and networking within our community and with new partners; (2) identify and develop innovative strategies for protecting, operationalizing, and promoting the core values; (3) increase LocalCatch.org’s capacity to directly support small-scale fishermen and values-based seafood businesses.  

Catalyzed by local innovation and global collaboration, seafood enterprises seeking to create safe, fair, sustainable supply chains that support marine conservation and coastal resilience continue to emerge.  However, these businesses also continue to face financial and organizational challenges that limit their ability to sustain a triple bottom line and potential long-term success. Recognizing these challenges, the summit is framed around the need to transparently incorporate values into a rapidly changing seafood system, thus adding value to small-scale fisheries.

Please use Google Chrome for registration. Email info@localcatch.org with any questions


We’re excited to announce that representatives from She Nah Nam Seafood and the Nisqually Tribe will be giving the keynote address at this years summit. Their story, mission, and values resonate with the Local Catch Network Core Values. And like many of our members, She Nah Nam is constantly exploring ways to empower their community, steward the environment, and bring responsibly an ethically harvested seafood to more people.

Summit Details

Summit Agenda

PLEASE NOTE: This is a snapshot of the conference. A final agenda will be available shortly.


October 5 (pre-summit)

6:00 – Late: Optional pre-Summit Networking Dinner & Drinks @ Pine Street Market

October 6 (Day 1)

8:00 – 9:00am: Registration, light breakfast, and Swag Swap setup

9:00 – 9:30am: Summit Welcome & Grounding: History, Values Statement, Purpose of the Gathering, Territorial Acknowledgement (Josh Stoll, University of Maine)

9:30 – 10:10am: Keynote (She Nah Nam Seafood & Nisqually Tribe)

10:15 – 11:15am: Marketplace of Ideas – Marketplace of Ideas Networking Session Posters – Conference participants will have an opportunity to engage in an hour of networking at the beginning of the Summit. The “Market Place” will be centered around a series of questions posed to the group. But participants are also encouraged to present their own questions or share projects, “asks”, and/or “offers”. Each organization/individual/business fills out the poster, similar to the one below. Participants interested in connecting about specific topics can provide their contact information or attached their business card to the poster. This can be done anytime throughout the conference. We will keep a record of contact info in case there are any missed connections.

11:30 – 12:30pm: Lunch

12:45 – 2:05pm: Session I workshops 

2:20 – 3:40pm: Session II workshops

3:55 – 4:30pm: Wrap-up, Logistics, & Overview of Day Two

4:30 – 5:30pm: Break/Networking Happy Hour @ The Redd

5:30 – 9:00pm: Local Catch Seafood Soiree and Celebration

October 7 (Day 2)

8:00 – 8:45am: Coffee & light breakfast

8:45 – 9:00am: Welcome & overview of the day

9:00 – 9:45am: Warm-up activity

10:00 – 11:15am: Session III workshops

11:30 – 12:30pm: Lunch

12:45 – 2:00pm: Session IV workshops

2:15 – 3:15pm: World Café

  • How have you and your business/fishing operation/organization seen or felt value from the Local Catch Network?
  • How have you seen or felt value of the Local Catch Network to the local (sea)food movement?
  • What could/would a more successful Local Catch Network look like?
  • What other people/groups/organizations/sectors should we be engaging in the Local Catch Network

3:30 – 4:15pm: Reflections  – a structured opportunity for people to share what was meaningful to them, what they are excited about moving forward, what was most helpful to their work

4:15 – 5:00pm: Next Steps – How do we keep momentum? Where is LocalCatch.org going? (Speaker/leader TBD)

5:00pm: Adjourn Conference


LocalCatch.org is excited to partner with Ecotrust to hold the 3rd Local Seafood Summit in it’s new event space, The Redd on Salmon Street.

The Redd is located in the heart of Portland’s Central Eastside, a neighborhood with a rich, hard-working industrial history that dates back to the mid-1800s. Over the years, the Central Eastside has grown to encompass food enterprises, small-batch distilleries, coffee roasters, emerging art galleries, and local food retailers that keep the hardworking spirit of this neighborhood alive in a new age of industry.

As a working hub for the regional food economy, the Redd honors this neighborhood’s roots and serves as a platform for the community to collaborate and engage in meaningful ways. Ecotrust sees the Redd as a catalyst for memorable celebrations and events that cultivate community, foster imagination, and enthusiastically color outside the lines.

Swag Swap & Marketplace

The 3rd Local Seafood Summit will host a swag swap, marketplace, ad silent auction during the conference. This is an opportunity to give away stuff with your logo, share promotional material, sell products, or donate items to the Local Catch silent auction. Simply bring your “swag” to the Summit and set it up in a creative way on designated tables near the registration area at The Redd. 

  • Do you and/or your business have awesome promotional items, aka SWAG?
  • Do you have packaged, value-added seafood products or other goodies that you’d love to sell, share, or swap with others?
  • Do you have some artwork you’d like to share with seafood community?
  • Do you have a collection of hats and t-shirts and feel like pruning your stash?
  • Do you just like “SWAG” and have access to someone who can provide you with some to throw on a table for others to enjoy?

Guidelines are simple:

  • Put together some promotional swag to bring to the Summit.
  • Drop it off at the appropriate swag table sometime during the conference (preferably before the program starts).
  • There will be two sections: swaps, marketplace, and silent auction.
  • In the swaps section, leave something that you would like to share with others.
  • In the sales section, have someone from your organization at the table selling swag during breaks. If you want, you can even contribute some or all of the profits to LocalCatch.org!
  • Feeling charitable? Donate something to the Local Catch Silent Auction. This could be artwork, a book, clothing, etc.
  • Be mindful of space (please do not bring hundreds of items to giveaway)

What should you bring?

  • Anything with your business logo on it, like t-shirts, hats, or mugs
  • Shelf-stable, package seafood products, like canned salmon or dried seaweed
  • Artwork
  • Sell or giveaway a CSF share
  • Paper items like newsletters, annual reports, and other promotional items that you would like to share also welcome.

Please let Taylor Witkin (taylor.witkin@maine.edu) know if you have any questions, and please bring your SWAG to the Summit in October!

Travel & Lodging

The Inn at the Convention Center has created a 50-room block for summit attendees at a rate of $125/night (+ taxes and fees). Call (+1) 503-233-6331 to make a reservation and ask for the Local Catch Seafood Summit block or the LCSS rate code. The Inn at the Convention Center is a 30 minute walk from the summit venue and 1 block from the Portland Streetcar.

The Jupiter has offered Local Seafood Summit Attendees a 15% discount on hotel rooms at both of it’s properties. Book online and use the code SHELLYEAH (case sensitive) to access the discount. The Jupiter is a boutique hotel centrally located in SE Portland and 0.6 miles from the summit venue. Guests at The Jupiter also receive discounts at several local restaurants and breweries.

Other lodging options include The Hilton Portland Downtown or AirBNB.

Getting to/from Portland
Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX) is approximately 25 minutes from downtown Portland. It is serviced by most major airlines

AlaskaAirlines Discount Code: ECMC472 (enter discount code for flights to Portland, OR at online checkout).

Train: Amtrak’s Cascades Train has daily service to Portland, OR from Seattle, WA

Getting around Portland
Ride-sharing: Uber and Lyft both operate in the Portland area and are estimated to be less than $20 from the airport to downtown. Car2Go also operates in Portland.

MAX Light Rail Service: Portland’s efficient light-rail system connects the metro area, airport, and downtown core.

Bus Service

Oregon Coastal Seafood Tour

Because it was such a hit at the 2016 Local Seafood Summit, we are currently planning a field excursion to coastal Oregon at the conclusion of the Summit. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the innovative direct marketing strategies being used in the region and showcase some of the challenges and opportunities that small-scale fishers face.

Day 1: October 8th

Morning Session:

9 AM, Port of Vancouver, WA

  • Guy Norman, North West Power & Conservation Council, former Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife staff
    • Salmon Harvest and Restoration Management
    • Marine Mammals—sea lions
  • Buck Jones, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
    • Tribal Treaties, Fishing

11 AM, Longview.WA

  • Robert Sudar, Fishmonger
    • Responding to Recreational Sector

12:30/1 pm, Clatskanie, OR—lunch

  • Irene Martin, author of numerous books/articles on the Columbia River fisheries

Afternoon Session

Astoria, OR

4 pm, Happy Hour

  • Port of Astoria + Developer—future of Astoria Waterfront

6 pm, Dinner at South Bay Wild

  • Rob Seitz—Trawling & Catch Shares, Vertically Integrated Sales, Fisher Poet
  • Salmon For All—Steve Fick
  • Fisher Poet—Dave Densmore

Overnight in Astoria

  • History Museum—possible morning visit

Day 2: October 9th

Morning Session

10 AM, Garibaldi, OR:

  • Jeremy Coon – Cooperative competition, and opening infrastructure access
  • Fish People?
  • Valerie Folkema & Mike Sainden (Port Manager) – Seafood Value Chain, tourism, and creating an environment of shared resources and infrastructure
  • Kristen Penner – Shop the Docks (with Amanda Gladics), Fish Biz programming, and Piers End (Saving historical buildings)

Lunch: TBD, Potential for a lunch in the historic “Piers End” boat house.

Afternoon Session

2 PM Netarts Bay, OR:

  • Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery – Ocean Acidification & Shellfish Hatchery operations
  • WEBS (Christy Smith) & Wetland Conservancy – wild Olympia oysters; estuary restoration; and partnerships with tribes

Return to Portland—2 hour drive

Summit Highlights

  • Peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and networking
  • Group workshops on business planning, marketing, branding, tech innovations, environmental issues and more
  • Conversation about the core principles that motivate our collective work and how to operationalize those values within markets and business structures
  • A “swag” swap and marketplace
  • A Sustainable Seafood Soiree featuring local seafood and chefs
  • Field trip to coastal Oregon (optional)


The Local Seafood Summit is a practitioner-centric event. It is for small- and mid-scale seafood harvesters and businesses that are interested in sharing experiential knowledge, learning strategies that make community supported fisheries and direct-marketing businesses successful, and collaborating to build a trustworthy, low-impact, domestic seafood supply system. The summit provides an opportunity for those interested in direct-marketing to learn from established businesses and connect directly with other resources in a network that supports good, clean, fair seafood.

Additionally, a primary goal of the summit is to foster relationships between the seafood industry and the support sectors that are critical to the transition toward socio-ecologically responsible, values-based seafood systems. Therefore, the summit is not limited to fishermen and seafood businesses. Through this gathering, we hope to expand the support structure for North America’s small-scale seafood businesses while bringing new and non-traditional partners to the table, providing fresh energy and innovative ideas. We hope to welcome chefs and restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, the media, and anyone else that would like to contribute to our network. 

Thank You to Our 2019 Hosts, Partners, and Sponsors








photo credit: David Hills, fishypictures.com

Planning Committee

Taylor Witkin, LocalCatch.org
Kelly Harrell, Sitka Salmon Shares
Jullianna Fischer, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Daniella Williams, Neighborworks Umpqua
Joshua Stoll, University of Maine
Kevin Scribner, Forever Wild Seafood
Amber Mae Paterson, The Fishmongers Wife
Tyson Rasor, Ecotrust
Kiera Vandeborne, TBuck Suzuki Environmental Foundation
Eric Walton, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Past Summits

The 2016 Local Seafood Summit in Norfolk, VA and the 2012 National Summit on CSFs in Portsmouth, NH brought together fishermen, business owners, and community leaders from across the country to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with local, values-based, and direct-marketed seafood. It culminated in the development of a set of Core Values for the Local Catch Network

About 2016 Summit | About 2012 Summit | 2012 Summit Report


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