Commercial fisherman presented plan for an open-air seafood bazaar at Harbor & Beaches Advisory Committee meeting.
OCEANSIDE—The economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic has been widespread, the ripple effects spreading to just about every industry in the world. There has been no shortage of news stories of the pandemic’s negative effects on California’s commercial fishing industry. Commercial fishers in Northern San Diego County have clearly not been immune from the economic fallout, especially with the lack of indoor dining for several weeks.
Those commercial fishermen in Oceanside, in hopes of creating a new revenue stream, proposed a fish market at the city’s harbor.
The presentation was made during an Oceanside Harbors & Beaches Advisory Committee meeting on June 15.
San Diego Union-Tribune reported the presentation was spearheaded by James Gardner, a local fisherman. He and a group of fishermen experimented with a direct-to-consumer fish market near the Helgren’s boat charter kiosk at Oceanside Harbor, the Union-Tribune reported.
Details of the plan appear to be in development. Oceanside city staff, in publishing the agenda packet for the June 15 committee meeting, said materials for the fish market proposal “will be distributed at a later date.”
There is already precedent for a commercial fisherman-to-consumer fish market in San Diego County – Tuna Harbor Dockside Market has been a steady presence on the Downtown San Diego Embarcadero. The market is open each Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seafood caught by commercial fishers are brought to Tuna Harbor each Saturday morning and made available to the public for purchase.
Fishers at the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market are Peter and Luke Halmay, David Haworth, Johnny Glawson, Dan Major, Shane Slaughter, Nick Haworth, the Fukushima family, John Law, Zach Roach, Jordyn Kastlunger and the Red Fish Co. team.
Fish sold at the Dockside Market include black cod, sea urchin, tuna, opah, swordfish, wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, crab, lobster, prawn and rockfish.
Similar direct-to-consumer fish markets also exist in Newport Beach, San Pedro, Ventura and Santa Barbara.
Will Oceanside Harbor have a fish market of its own? A lot still has to happen. The commercial fishermen behind the idea still have to finalize a plan, which would then have to be presented to the Oceanside Harbors & Beaches Advisory Committee. The committee only has the power to make recommendations; should the committee support the idea of a fish market at Oceanside Harbor, it would send the proposal over to the City Council for a final vote.
The Log will expand coverage of this proposal in an upcoming issue, complete with whatever has been fleshed out to date and perspectives of what could be on deck.