The association that later became the Saltwater Sportsmen’s Show (SSS) began in 2003. A group of anglers calling themselves the Salty Dogs met in the Rogue Pub in Newport Oregon to talk about ways to help the fishing industry.
Our first “tradeshows” were held at the Elks Lodge in Newport in 2003. We graduated to the Coast Guard Armory, one year in Seaside and then back to Newport in the Wine Festival tent. For 2012, we moved our event to the Oregon State Fairgrounds. In 2013, we occupied the full Americraft Center building plus two others.
In 2004, the group incorporated as Oregon Coalition for Educating ANglers (OCEAN), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A growing number of loyal companies support OCEAN by purchasing booths in our SSS tradeshow. These companies and others also help by contributing to our annual auction and raffle. Many of the original “Salty Dogs” serve on our board and help produce the SSS. Marine anglers, excited about tuna, rockfish and halibut fishing, attend our seminars. Here they learn about topics such as water safety, how to catch these fish, and how to identify and release endangered species. Many anglers return year after year to renew acquaintances and make new friends.
OCEAN has no paid staff; the show is produced entirely by volunteers. We always need more dedicated people to serve on our board and as volunteers. You don’t need to be an angler. If you are interested in conserving our ocean resources industry and have some skills, we’ll find a job for you.