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Ports Seafood, Inc. was born in October of 1993, the result of prior owner Timothy Ports picking up the pieces of a company he had been working for since 1987. Tim, being especially unemployable, decided to take a run at doing a company his way, so along with 6 or so other pirates, carved out their niche from a dark corner of Pier 28 in San Francisco. At that time, quality seafood was hard to come by, particularly when combined with quality service. Over time, a philosophy embracing sustainably caught and cultured seafood evolved, as issues of over-fishing and wasteful resource management became more prominent.
Today, Ports Seafood operates out of a state of the art facility in the Bayview District of San Francisco. As the company has grown, so has its ability to accommodate the ever changing needs of an expanding customer base. We employ seafood professionals; people who know and understand the seafood industry and understand our relationship to the food service industry. we believe that properly handled product, from fishing vessel to your door, is our best advertisement.
At Del Monte we take great pride in our fresh seafood facility, Ports Seafood. We are aware that more than any other protein, fresh seafood offers endless versatil- ity of species and menu applications. We know that your seafood choices matter and we strive to source the highest quality raw materials available. Most of our daily offerings come from local day boat fisherman who hand select the fish to our specifica- tions. These fish are traceable by vessel, point of harvest and date. While a majority of our daily fresh selections are wild- caught, we also offer farm- raised alternatives with an emphasis on sustainable aqua- culture. We participate in Seafood Watch and follow the guidelines set forth by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Once the fresh seafood arrives at our refrigerated docks, all products are checked for quality and then repacked in fresh, clean ice. Our fish is custom cut in house to order so that your fillets or portions have the longest shelf life possible. We also offer a wide variety of whole fish for those chefs who prefer to cut their own.
The fresh seafood department, commitment to quality is applied to every aspect of the cycle. All fillets and portions are specially packed to ensure maximum freshness. The fresh fish stays protected from its environment and shelf life is greatly enhanced. This system allows us to customize packaging to your indi- vidual specifications and provides you with maximum storing efficiencies.
Our facility also houses a specially designed live shellfish area maintained at 42°F with controlled humidity. Shellfish is flown in daily directly to our facility complete with point of origin tags depicting the harvest location, harvest date, shipper and shipping date. This information is vital to the success of our shellfish program as well as our stringent HACCP program. We are proud to offer East and West Coast oysters along with traditional Gulf favorites based on seasonal availability. Fresh mussels come to us from the Mediterranean, Prince Edward Island and the great state of Maine. In addition, we offer a complete variety of clams and live lobsters, as well as the popular Fresh Stone Crab Claws when available.
By purchasing from environmentally friendly sources, custom cutting and packag- ing, our practices and operations are unparalleled in the industry. Ports realizes the importance of fresh fish and shellfish on your menu and we have tailored our program to meet the needs of you and your customers. We are committed to providing competitive prices daily and more importantly, the freshest most diverse line of fresh seafood available.