Wild Seafood Conference

Wild Seafood Connection is produced by Colibri NW.

Thank you for making Wild Seafood Connection a SOLD OUT success.
Mark your calendars for next year's conference on February 27, 2025.


Thursday, February 29, 2024

Holiday Inn & Suites

Bellingham, WA

Continental Breakfast and Networking

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

Peter Philips, Colibri Northwest

Bobby Briscoe, Port of Bellingham Commissioner

Chefs Speak:

A panel of local chefs and retailers will share with the audience how they choose wild seafood, and what they look for in a wild seafood vendor: Price point, portioning, delivery and species availability will be discussed.


Peter Philips, Colibri Northwest


Chef Matthew Boudousquie, Bistro at Shuksan

Chef Shubert Ho, Feedme Hospitality & Restaurant Group

Chef Brock Johnson, TD & Co.

Chef Victor Steinbrueck, Local Tide

Coffee Break and Networking

Case Studies in Direct Marketing

Direct marketing is an attractive business model, but it isn’t for everybody. We’ll discuss the hurdles and alternatives to marketing direct to the restaurant and retailer. We’ll hear from those engaged in direct marketing about the challenges and opportunities for the independent commercial fisherman.

Jenna Keeton, Washington Sea Grant

Kwasi Addae, Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Molly Bold, Westport Marina, Port of Grays Harbor
Chelsea Keutmann, Sea to Shore Seafood
Rob Seitz, F/V South Bay

Lunch – Roundtables

Join moderators and speakers for a more intimate discussion of the subjects of the day as you enjoy lunch.

Assistance Programs for the Commercial Fishing Family Business

Washington, Oregon and California Sea Grant representatives will share information about the programs they offer to help West Coast independent fishing families survive and thrive as direct marketers and small businesses.



Jenna Keeton, Washington Sea Grant



Dr. Carolynn Culver, PhD, California Sea Grant
Jamie Doyle, Oregon Sea Grant
Buck Jones, Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Coffee Break & Networking

Processing and Distribution

Among the biggest challenges to a successful direct marketing operation are how to deliver a quality product efficiently and affordably. Hear from fishing colleagues, custom processors and distributors on how they process and deliver: locally, nationally and internationally.


Moderator: Amy Grondin, Duna Fisheries, LLC



Join speakers, sponsors and your colleagues for a drink and appetizers as you network and share experiences about direct marketing, fishing and the fishing business generally.