Fishing in Astoria, Oregon: Getting your fish home when flying

With so many folks traveling in from around the country, I thought I’d put together some information on getting your fish home when traveling with the airlines. Remember that we will always clean and fillet your fish. Vacuum packing is always available at the Hammond Boat Basin and West End Boat Basin. On our boats we will simply bag your filleted fish.

First off, getting your fish frozen prior to leaving is not always possible, but know that freezing your fish prior to leaving is best. Many of the hotels have freezers and even some of the fish processing locations will have storage. If you can’t get your fish frozen just be sure to put less fish in each box. Less fish in a box is always better because your are limited by the FAA to 5.5 pounds or less of dry ice. In addition packages can’t be air tight and must be marked with “dry ice” or “carbon dioxide, solid”. It’s also a good idea to mark on the box how much dry ice is in the box by pound.

Fred Meyer in Warrenton sells everything you need to get your fish home. Dry Ice boxes are 12.99. These Cold Fold Airline Ship Boxes handle 55 qts which is about the equivelent of #50 pounds of fish and dry ice. Know that I would never fill a box to capacity as you are only allowed 5.5 pounds of dry ice. A combination of newspaper (for insulation), fish and dry ice would be best. Dry ice is $1.49 per pound. Everything is located by the self check out isle, but I’d always call to make sure they have everything you need. Fred Meyer is open until 11p and you can reach them at (503) 861-3000. Below is a Google Map to Fred Meyer and contact information.

I hope this helps.

Lance Fisher.