years ago, Rob Taylor was a painting contractor who was looking for a
way to supplement his income during the rainy winter months when he
wasn’t busy painting. He had always loved to fish, and so
he decided to get a near shore fishing permit, bought a little boat,
and started selling his catch.
“I started selling fish directly off my boat
by the Coos Bay Boardwalk, but I wound up spending more in gas money
than I made in income from fishing. Something had to
change. So I put up a sign saying ‘Fresh Fish for
Sale’, and pretty soon I had people lined up all the way to the
street buying fish from me! It was then that I thought that maybe
I needed to put in a fish market,” said Rob.
Owner Rob Taylor stands in front of his case of fresh seafood in the Fisherman’s Seafood Market.
So Rob went wrote a proposal to the City of Coos
Bay outlining his plans, and they wrote back saying they thought it was
a great idea. The Fisherman’s Seafood Market was born on
June 19, 2010. Rob bought some pilings and other supplies, and
built a floating market that’s moored right off the Coos Bay
Boardwalk. They catch their own fish, and also have about two dozen
local fishermen that sell to them every day.
Rob and his wife Denise have
stayed incredibly busy. He was always famous around town for his
fish and chips recipe, and they decided to put that and several other
items on a take-out menu. They keep things simple: fish,
clams, oysters, shrimp and fries, and chowder packed with clams.
“People might be surprised to know that we have the only
food grade permit in the world to harvest wild Oregon clams,”
said Rob. “Everything we sell is wild, fresh and local. Our West
Coast Clams business brings these butter and Empire clams to the public
for the first time in 20 years, and we sell these clams all the way
north to Astoria and south to San Francisco. “
to buy some super fresh, local seafood? Their market stocks ling cod,
rock fish, salmon, clams, prawns, oysters, smoked fish, fresh tuna,
halibut, whatever they can get that’s local and sustainable.
success has prompted the Taylors to open a second full service fish
market at 170 South Empire Boulevard, right next door to the Hollering
Place. There they will have a seafood market and a mobile kitchen so
that people can buy their wonderful chowder, fish and chips and grilled
clams to take home.
asked Rob what he wanted the public to know about his business,
he answered, “The main thing is that the food we sell is
local, always wild, never farm-raised and we use sustainable
fishing practices...we want to guarantee that there will be populations
of ocean wildlife for the future,” Rob concluded.
Fisherman’s Seafood Market is open Monday through Saturday 10:30
am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Their phone number is
541-267-CRAB (2722). Look for their new market opening soon
(541-888-CRAB) and make sure to stop by to sample the fresh, local
seafood that this up-and-coming business has to offer!