Anxious to meet the seasonal surge in tuna landings in Newport this summer, Fishpeople Seafoods, a major northwest seafood preparation company, along with the Port of Toledo, are working quickly on parallel tracks to ensure that two things get done:
1) That the city steps lively to establish rules and regulations for the operation of the seafood preparation facility, and,
2) That the facility is built quickly and be ready to receive a large segment of the Oregon Coast tuna catch that is landed annually in Newport. Instead of that tuna being shipped to Washington state for processing, it will be processed in Toledo by Fishpeople Seafoods who specialize in pre-prepared gourmet seafood meals and who have well established markets throughout the region.
Port Manager Bud Shoemake says they’re running on a pretty tight schedule but he says they can make it if everybody pulls together in order to create 14 new jobs (to start) with this new endeavor. Shoemake says Fishpeople is a top notch group of folks who are devoted to sustainable world fish stocks and who have a top drawer reputation in the industry.
Shoemake reiterated that all tuna will be gutted and drained in Newport. After they’re trucked to Toledo, all tuna will be kept inside the Port Station One building. NOTHING outside. The building will be air tight with all outside air highly filtered and conditioned before it’s pumped into the work area, which is right next door to the port office. And all air inside will be stringently filtered before being released to the outside.
Shoemake said the port is extremely sensitive to the neighbors, in that part of Toledo, who were nearly driven off their rockers when Cyclone Marine moved into a building just north of there. Cyclone Marine rained fish slime and stinky contaminated water down their streets and into their storm drains. The city eventually cancelled their business license and forced them to move.
Shoemake says Fishpeople’s operations are quite high tech with all operations INSIDE the air-tight the building. He said it’s going to be a great economic boost for Toledo.
Fishpeople say they need their new operation ready to go by mid-July.