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You’ll also find the most knowledgeable staff anywhere, who get a real kick out of helping you plan out your next seafood meal. Just behind them, you’ll see our highly visible processing room, where we’re being picky about what we buy, cut, and sell.
Our lobsters come off the lobster boats right through our back door, and are kept in aerated tanks full of recirculating fresh seawater (none of those supermarket chemical tanks here), and unlike many seafood markets, the air smells only of clean ocean.
We invite you to come for a visit and see a true working fish market.
We pledge to operate with the utmost of integrity, to offer our fish with honest representation and to never deceive our customers. Our product will be: chem-free (no preservatives or water-retentives), unsoaked (weight gain), un-gassed (carbon monoxide for color) and free of any other deceptive practices.
We pledge to treat our customers and employees with respect, as if they were our own family. We will maintain a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee with our well trained and polite staff.
We pledge to offer, whenever possible, products that are all natural, eco-friendly and sustainable. We will find and offer a wide selection of seafood, in addition to staying updated on all the latest market trends.
We pledge to be respectful of our ocean and all of our natural resources.
- We sell sturdy insulated boxes so you can travel with your fresh seafood (as checked baggage, or in some cases even as carry-on baggage).
- Always check with your airline for any regulation changes.
- We use reusable gel ice packs. We never use dry ice.
- We will gladly pack your order in your own cooler.
- We suggest letting us know in advance what your needs might be.
Give us a call (207-775-0251) and we’ll happily deliver your seafood to Casco Bay Lines for pickup on:
Peaks Island • Long Island • Chebeague Island • Cliff Island • Diamond Cove • Little & Great Diamond Islands
We also service Cushing Island via their own boat service & schedule (which is limited). Charges apply. Most days we can same-day deliver if you order by 10am. During the summer and holidays, we can only take orders for next-day service.
We can deliver to DiMillo’s Yacht Marina for boat stocking.
Unfortunately, we don’t deliver to transportation centers at this time.
- 4 hours notice, please.
- No charge for cooking small quantities
- Deposit required (credit card. Late cancellation will result in the loss of your deposit).
- Lobsters can be fully cooked or partially cooked.
- Last call for hot pick up is 30 minutes prior to close.
Once the three brothers were involved, the market started expanding. In the early 1980s, restaurants were becoming more popular destinations as the appreciation of good food spread. Harbor Fish started selling more rare species to restaurants always on the lookout for the dish that could set them apart.
Growing up in an Italian-American family, with Ben’s wife Gloria in the kitchen, the Alfieros had already been exposed to a lot of these exotic species in their youth, so they knew how to entice their local chefs with species like squid, tuna, and monkfish. Their upbringing also inspired them to impart to the public that good food is important to health and well-being, and that’s been the philosophical backbone of the market through the decades.
Business thrived through the 80s, as fish was plentiful and relatively inexpensive. The Alfieros moved their processing operation to a larger facility on Commercial St. to add the capacity for larger customers like A&P, Grand Union, ShopRite, and distributors in Philadelphia, Cleveland, New York, San Francisco, and more. They even added a second retail location in North Deering.
As the effects of conservation efforts grew in the late 1980s, wide cutbacks hit the seafood industry, and Harbor Fish refocused their wholesale operation, continuing to serve a national range of clientele, while compacting the physical processing and distribution back to the original (newly expanded) Custom House Wharf location. After a fire claimed the North Deering retail location, the entire operation—wholesale and retail—remain housed today at 9 Custom House Wharf, run by a family born and raised in Portland, who still won’t sell anything they wouldn’t bring home themselves.
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