Bellingham Dockside Market / Bellingham SeaFeast

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About Bellingham Dockside Market / Bellingham SeaFeast

Bellingham Dockside Market (BDM) is a program of Bellingham's annual waterfront festival, Bellingham SeaFeast. BDM supports local fisherman in Whatcom County, WA selling their ocean harvest directly to consumers at Squalicum Harbor. Bellingham Dockside Market takes places twice a month, typically on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, but the schedule varies depending on species and fishermen availability. Market days are announced on the 1st of each month to our email list and on social media! To be added to our email list, please send a request email to

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Species Offered

Dungeness crab, Pacific oysters, Alaska weathervane scallops, Bristol Bay sockeye, Southeast Alaska Coho, Keta, King salmon, spot prawns, whole side-stripe shrimp, black cod, lingcod, tuna, sea urchin, smoked salmon (variety), sea salt, seafood chowder (with mussels, clams, squid, shrimp).

The value statements outlined below aim to create a higher level of accountability and trust, both internally within the network and externally to the public, in order to advance the movement of Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) and like-minded community-based seafood operations.

  • Community-Based Fisheries
  • Fair Access
  • Fair Price
  • Eating with the Ecosystem
  • Traceable and Simple Supply Chains
  • Catch and Handle with Honor
  • Community and Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
  • Honoring the Ocean
  • Creativity and Collaboration

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We have outlined our own program core values that align with LCN.

Bellingham Dockside Market is guided by the following four CORE VALUES:

1. Gratitude to Indigenous Peoples
Participants of Bellingham Dockside Market recognize that the market takes place on traditional and ancestral land of the Lummi people.
Further, we recognize that seafood sold at the market is harvested from:
Lummi Nation
Makah Nation
Quileute Nation
Yup'ik Peoples
Lingit Aani

2. Connection with Fishing Families
Bellingham Dockside Market offers Whatcom County an opportunity to know not only where your seafood comes from, but also who is harvesting it.

3. Seafood & Fishing Education
Fishermen at Bellingham Dockside Market share their knowledge of the:
History, geography, economics, management, and methods of their fishery.
Biology and health benefits of their seafood and the preparation of their product.
Conservation concerns and initiatives of regions where they harvest.

4. Sustainability & Small Business Practices
Dockside Market Vendors agree that ALL:
- Fish is wild caught.
- Shellfish and any ocean harvest products are sustainably grown and harvested.
- Seafood is sold directly by commercial fishermen involved in the fishery as captain, crew, family operation, or permit holder. If fulfilling one of those roles listed, a vendor may also sell product directly from other commercial fishers who also practice and support these values.