Edgartown fisherman will open new fish market in Oak Bluffs

Francis "sandy" Fisher estimates the business will be open in 10 days.

The storefront of the new Oak Bluffs Fish Market on Circuit Avenue Extension. — Sam Moore

At their regular meeting on Tuesday night, Oak Bluffs selectmen unanimously approved a business license for Francis “Sandy” Fisher of Edgartown to open Oak Bluffs Fish Market at 6 Circuit Avenue Extension, next to the Sandbar Restaurant on Oak Bluffs Harbor.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Mr. Fisher said after the vote.

Mr. Fisher is a longtime commercial fisherman and owner of Chappy Oysters, an oyster farm in Katama Bay. He said the seafood business is in his blood. “My family has been in the fishing business on the Island since the 1600s,” he told The Times on Wednesday morning. “This has been a dream of mine for 10 years.”

Mr. Fisher has been working on the building and permitting for Oak Bluffs Fish Market for past two years, and he estimates the business will be open in 10 days. He said the market will be open year-round and will also cater to commercial clients. It will stock local fish and shellfish as well as seafood from other parts of the East Coast, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada.

“We’ll be tagging the local fish so people will know exactly where their fish was caught and what boat they came from,” he said.

Retail customers will be able to order ahead by phone or by the store’s website, and will be able to park at Jim’s Package Store while they pick up their order, he said.