Whether you order seafood off a restaurant menu or shop at afish market and grill it yourself, here are some of your bestchoices.
Albacore tuna. The albacore tend to show up in mid-June,sticking around until early October. "We have a really good gradeof albacore tuna off Oregon," says Jim Iverson, owner of LighthouseDeli & Fish Co. of South Beach.
Dungeness crab. Available December through mid-August.
Halibut. Sporadic, quota-dependent seasonal openings off theOregon coast give local fishermen a shot at halibut on and offthroughout the summer, though most of the fish hails from Alaska."Salmon and halibut are probably neck and neck at our market,"Cindy Beckman of Ecola Seafoods in Cannon Beach, Oregon, says ofher company's fish sales. Her husband, Jay, catches most of whatthey sell.
Oregon pink bay shrimp. These small, flavorful shrimp areavailable from April through October.
Oysters and clams. Oysters are widely raised in Oregon baysand available year-round. Most steamer clams come from the bays andcoasts off Oregon and Washington.
Wild Chinook salmon. It's troll-caught right off the coastand available mid-March through mid-December.