Ordering Seafood Online

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  I live in central Wisconsin and dream of fresh seafood — clams, mussels, soft shell crabs, crawfish,… all of which we just don't have available in the small town in which I live. Can you help me out with the e-mail addresses of fresh seafood mail-order companies? Thank you, I can't wait.

  Tired of whitefish, are you? The other end of the spectrum is people who have lived along the coast all their lives and never eat seafood (you know who you are!). Sounds like a great opportunity for swapping homes for a vacation, at least.

As you may know, we are on the coast of Maine. Consequently we don’t have much experience ordering seafood by mail or online, so we can only vouch for the one Maine vendor. Following are a number of companies that sell and ship seafood to consumers, with Web-site and phone contact information. Some of these companies have printed catalogs you can order online.

SeaBear Smokehouse, of Anacortes, Wash., 800-645-3474, is a retail partner of Ochef.com (meaning we receive a modest commission on sales that originate on this site). SeaBear sells Alaskan red king crab, Copper River wild smoked sockeye, fresh Copper River sockeye salmon, fresh Pacific oysters, poached sockeye salmon, smoked oysters, smoked mussels, smoked wild Keta salmon, smoked wild king salmon, steamed mussels, and more.

LobsterGram, 800-548-3562, another Ochef.com partner, sells live lobsters, lobster tails, king and Dungeness crabs, jumbo shrimp, elaborate clambakes, and accompaniments to round out your meal.

Gorton's Fresh Seafood, 800-335-3674, of Gloucester, Mass., offers lobster, scallops, shrimp, fresh salmon, smoked salmon, halibut, monkfish, swordfish, char, Chilean sea bass, Prince Edward Island mussels, and on and on.

Browne Trading Company, (800) 944-7848, of Portland, Maine, is the only importer of Iranian caviar in the US, and also sells mostly to the restaurant trade, but offers quite a selection of specialty and Maine seafood: Seeger Black Forest Smoked Salmon, smoked white sturgeon loin, smoked trout fillets, Citrus Basil Smoked Salmon, Finnan Haddie, Ramsar Sturgeon Loins, Caspian Anchovie Fillets, Seaweeds, French turbot, European sea bass, European sea bream, Dover Sole, Scottish salmon, Arctic char, John Dory, Tai snapper, Butterflied rainbow trout, Black Sea bass, American red snapper, Wild king salmon, Atlantic swordfish, yellowfin tuna, Casco Bay cod, North Atlantic halibut, Gulf of Maine haddock, Lemon Sole, monkfish, Maine empress crab, Maine sweet shrimp, fresh Maine lobsters.

There are many, many others. Indeed, this page is surrounded with ads from seafood purveyors that would like to earn your business. See the retail page of Seafood.com for other companies or do a little exploring of your own on the Internet.

The only issue you’re going to face in having seafood shipped right to your door, is that once you get started, you’re going to have to find a way to support your habit….