Fishermen in the San Diego area are experiencing a boost in sales with the opening of the new Tuna Harbor Dockside Market at Fish Harbor Pier in Tuna Harbor. The open-air market is doing more than allow anglers to provide fresh fish to residents and visitors alike – it also reminds the public of the city’s fishing industry roots.
Tuna fishing was once one of San Diego’s largest industries during the beginning of the 20th century to the early 1970s when it was known as the “Tuna Capital of the World.” Fishing regulations, fuel costs and other factors have made it difficult for commercial fishermen to continue operations. In 2008, the Port of San Diego released its Commercial Fisheries Realization Plan to help support the industry, which includes rebuilding drop off sites, wharfs and other infrastructure in additional to supporting job growth in the industry.
The creation of the fish market is only one component of the port’s overall plan to help revitalize the San Diego fishing industry.
And it appears to be working as reported in The Log’s story, “New San Diego open-air fish market a sweet smelling venue for all” in the Sept. 11-25 edition.
“The opening of the new seafood market on Fish Harbor Pier is a milestone that our fishing community, the Port of San Diego and the County of San Diego have worked very hard to achieve,” said Jennifer Windle, director of marketing and communications for the Port of San Diego.
Peter Halmay, a San Diego-based commercial fisherman for more than 40 years, agreed with Windle, adding that Tuna Harbor Dockside Market builds community awareness of San Diego’s thriving commercial fishery.
Find more information on Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, at thdocksidemarket.com.