I ran the idea by my life-long friend Larry, who suggested that
since I was fishing crab at the time, we could team up and sell
my crab in the winter until salmon season started. We plumbed
a tote on the back of my dad's boat and filled it with live crab.
During the 2003 crab season, Larry sold the crab off my dad's
boat while I was out crab fishing. Larry talked with his uncle
about buying some of his Spot Prawns. Most of the available prawns
were exported, and very few people had licenses to fish for them.
We figured that it would be a good thing to sell since they are
excellent eating and quite popular. So at that point, the Seafood
Connection’s entire inventory consisted of Dungeness Crab
and Spot Prawns. Larry and I were sitting down on my dad’s
boat selling crab one day when we discussed having a permanent
place to sell our seafood. We thought about getting a boat, but
we thought it would be ideal if we got an old barge and built
a shed on it. Before long, Larry found a barge, and that same
year we put up what was supposed to be a shed, but ended up being
a very nice-looking, clean, little seafood store.
Over time, people started requesting various kinds of seafood.
Our inventory grew and grew. We started carrying almost every
kind of local seafood and several other seafood products. The
Seafood Connection is now quite popular, and our former manager,
Rich, was with us from 2003-2016. I ran the store myself in 2016
with the help of some great employees. I bought a boat in 2006
which I used for running charter fishing trips for the first couple
years, then I converted it into a commercial salmon troller and
tuna bait boat. It now fishes almost exclusively for the Seafood
Connection catching tuna, salmon and some types of bottomfish.
Tuna instantly became our best seller. The quality of West Coast
locally caught Albacore is unmatched. People from all over make
trips to our store every year to buy fresh Albacore for home canning
or dinner. In 2006 we wanted to expand our market and built the
web site CannedAlbacoreTuna.com
and started sharing our wonderful tuna with people all across
the United States. In 2011 I decided that I had outgrown my small
salmon troller and bought a larger boat that is used for catching
tuna, crab, bottomfish, and salmon. Like many other boats in Westport,
I regularly make deliveries to the Seafood Connection.
I love our little seafood store. The other thing my wife and I
really enjoy about owning the Seafood Connection is bringing people
high quality seafood at a great price that is ‘Fresh From
the Boat to You.’ -- Kevin Marks, Owner, Seafood Connection