Who We Are

and what we aim to accomplish

  • Provide a framework to reconnect the fishing and aquaculture communities to the public
  • Raise awareness and understanding of a locally caught seafood source
  • Inspire a sense of pride in San Diego’s history and culture of commercial fishing
  • Create an awareness of San Diego’s working fishing harbor
  • Educate about the environmental benefits of eating underutilized local seafood species
  • Offer a steady and dynamic supply of a wide variety of locally caught seafood
  • Provide seafood choices that affirm regional cultural traditions, support local communities, and contribute to the health and productivity of natural marine resources

Hook and Line

fishing techniques

Hook and Line

Hook-and-line is a general term used for a range of fishing methods that employ short fishing lines with hooks in one form or another. It includes hand-lines, hand-reels, powered reels, rod/pole-and-line, drop lines, demersal longlines, and troll lines, all using bait or lures to attract target species. This sustainable method is a more selective process that produces minimal bycatch and doesn’t come in contact with the seafloor.

Trolling

fishing techniques

Trolling

This technique draws various types of lures through the water from a moving boat or while casting and retrieving bait from a stationary position. Like hook-and-line, this method targets specific species, minimizing bycatch and disruption of the seafloor.

Pot and Traps

fishing techniques

Pot and Traps

Cages and baskets are set on the seafloor and connected by buoy lines on the surface. Marine life enter through a one-way opening and cannot escape. Unwanted species are easily removed from traps without injury and returned to the sea alive, when fished responsibly and regulary. Because traps are sedentary on the seafloor, little damage to the habitat occurs.
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Net Fishing

fishing techniques

Net Fishing

Nets either float near the surface or are set on the bottom. A gillnet is a panel of netting suspended vertically in the water by floats, with weights along the bottom. Fish become entangled in the net. Drift gillnet gear is anchored to a vessel and drifts along with the current. [soruce FishWatch]

Fisherman take precautions to avoid bycatch by setting a large size mesh so juveniles may escape, by selecting materials for the mesh and by targeting select fishing areas. Seasonal closures, on-board observers and acoustic warning devices also help prevent interaction with whales and other marine mammals.
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Diving

fishing techniques

Diving

Divers gather sedentary species by using handheld tools and net bags. The diver selects the species and measures the size before harvesting, which results in very little, if any, bycatch. Little contact is made with the sea floor.
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Albacore Tuna

Available Year Round

Fished from Mexican border to Alaska. Generally caught June to November, available frozen in off season. Photo credit: David Haworth
Gear used: trolling, bait fishing

Blackcod

Available Year Round

Also refered to as sablefish. Photo credit: Theresa Sinicrope Talley
Gear Used: trap, hook and line

Blue and Black Perch

Seasonal Species

Availability: Closed May, June, July. Incidental catch in traps.
Gear Used: trap, hook and line

Bluefin Tuna

Seasonal Species

Availability: drift gillnet open April 15-Feb1, all other gear types open year round.
Photo credit: Jason Houston
Gear used: drift gill net, hook and line

California Halibut

Available Year Round

Gear Used: set net, hook and line

Leopard Shark

Available Year Round

Photo credit: Samantha Feingold
Gear Used: gill net, hook and line

Ling Cod

Seasonal Species

Closed March and April. Photo credit: David Haworth
Gear Used: trap, hook and line

Louvar (Luvar)

Seasonal Species

Open April 15 to February 1. Generally considered one of the best tasting fish.
Photo credit: David Haworth
Gear Used: drift gill net

Mackerel

Available Year Round

Photo credit: Jsaon Houston
Gear Used: purse seine, hook and line

Mahi Mahi (Dorado)

Open Year Round

Photo credit: Peter Halmay
Gear Used: Hook and Line

Mako Shark

Seasonal Species

Availability: drift gillnet open April 15-Feb1, all other gear types open year round.
Photo credit: David Haworth
Gear Used: drift gill net, hook and line

Octopus

Available Year Round

Photo credit: Samantha Feingold
Gear Used: trap

Opah

Seasonal Species

Availability: Open April 15 to February 1. Photo credit: Peter Halmay
Gear Used: drift gill net

Razor Crab

Available Year Round

Gear Used: trap

Red Sea Urchin

Available Year Round

Availability: Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday from June through October.
Gear Used: hand picked while diving

Rock Crab

Available Year Round

Gear Used: trap

Rocksfish, Nearshore

Seasonal Species

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Availability: Closed March and April. Species included: blue, brown, copper, olive, treefish, and sculpin. Gear Used: trap, hook and line

Rockfish, Shelf

Seasonal Species

Availability: Closed March and April. Species included: bocaccio, flag, greenspotted , speckled, starry, vermillion, widow,chilipepper. Gear Used: trap, hook and line

Rockfish, Slope

Available Year Round

Species included: aurora, bank, blackgill, ocean perch, splitnose, shortspine, lonmgspine, rougheye
Gear Used: trap, hook and line, set nets

Sand Dabs

Available Year Round

Gear Used: demersal longline, drifting vertical lines

Sardines

Available Year Round

Availability: Usually, open all year unless stock assessments are low. Closed April 28, 2015 until at least July 2016.
Gear Used: hook and line

Scarlet King Crab

Available Year Round

Found in the deep waters off San Diego Bay.
Gear Used: trap

Sheephead

Seasonal Species

Closed March and April.
Gear Used: trap, hook and line

Spider Crab

Available Year Round

Gear Used: trap

Spiny Lobster

Seasonal Species

Availability: Closed March 15 to October 1 Photo credit: David Haworth
Gear used: trap

Spot Prawn

Available Year Round

Gear Used: trap

Squid

Available Year Round

Availability: Open until quota is reached for fresh product; available frozen after quota is reached. Photo credit: Samantha Feingold
Gear Used: purse seine

Swordfish

Seasonal Species

Availability: Generally caught June-February; drift gillnet open April 15-February 1, other gear types open all year.
Gear Used: drift gillnet, harpoon, deep set buoy drift gill net

Top Snail

Available Year Round

Photo credit: Samantha Feingold
Gear Used: hand picked while diving

Thresher Shark

Available Year Round

Gear Used: gill net, hook and line

Whelk Snail

Seasonal Species

Availability: Closed March 16 to July 1. Incidetal take in lobster and crab fisheries.
Gear used: trap, hand picked while diving

White Fish

Available Year Round

Availability: Generally available late winter-fall. Photo credit: Jason Houston
Gear Used: hook and line

Yellow Tail

Seasonal Species

Availability: Generally caught June-February; drift gillnet open April 15-February 1, other gear types open all year Photo credit: Samantha Feingold
Gear Used: drift gillnet, hook and line

Yellowfin Tuna

Available Year Round

Generally caught April to October.
Gear used: drift gill net, hook and line

 David Haworth
 David Haworth
Nick Haworth
Dan Bassett
Dan Major
Giacamo F. Damato
JJ Gerritsen
John Law
Luigi San Filippo
Luigi San Filippo Jr.
Mitch Hobron
Peter Halmay
Luke Halmay
Phillip Harris
Richard Yoder
Zachary Roach
Zack Roach Junior

The Market

All of Us

The Market

All of Us

Arthur Richard Lorton III

fisherman
Boats: Co-owner of Sea Haven
Experience: Originally from San Juan Capistrano, fishing since 1976.
Method: Nets, Pole and Line
Species: Albacore Tuna, Blue Fin Tuna, Swordfish and Rockfish

David Haworth

fisherman
Boats: Barbara H, Tiffany H, Elizabeth H, Sea Haven
Experience: 40 years of fishing experience, second generation San Diegan fisherman.
Method: Traps, Nets, Longline, Harpoon
Species: Tuna, Lobster, Swordfish, Squid, Sardine

Nick Haworth

fisherman
Boat: Elizabeth H,
Experience: 6 years of fishing experience, third generation San Diegan fisherman.
Method: Traps
Species: Lobster, Crab, Sheepshead

Dan Bassett

fisherman
Boat: Tipper
Experience: 40 years of fishing experience.
Method: Lobster Traps
Species: Lobster, Rock & Spider Crabs

Dan Major

fisherman
Boat: Plan B
Experience: 20+ years of fishing experience. Dan and Kelli, Troy (10) and Heather (8) fish and work the market every Saturday. Friends and family who fish together stay together.
Method: Traps, Rod & Reel
Species: Box & Razor Crabs, Sheepshead, Lobster, Tuna, Rockfish, Mackerel, Octopus, Eel

Giacamo F. Damato

fisherman
Boats: Giusy, Ocean Princess
Experience: 19 years of fishing experience. Fifth generation fisherman. Family immigrated from Italy. Started fishing own his own boat at 17 years old.
Method: Long Line, Bottom Gear
Species: Black Cod, Thornyhead, Rockfish, Sand Dabs

J.J. Gerritsen

fisherman
Boat: Piky
Experience: 30 years of fishing experience. Grew up in sport fishing. Owned a passenger fishing vessel for 27 years.
Method: Pole & Line
Species: Tuna

John Law

fisherman
Boats: Wild West, Rock Ridge
Experience: 38 years of fishing experience. Lifetime San Diegan
Method: Hook & Line, Fish Traps
Species: Rock Fish, Halibut

Luigi San Filippo

fisherman
Boat: Rosalia
Experience: 55 years of fishing experience. Has fished for most species within 70 miles of San Diego.
Method: Nets
Species: Halibut

Luigi San Filippo Jr.

fisherman
Boat: Rosalia
Experience: 30 years of fishing experience. Fished all his life on the coast with his father and learned the trade.
Method: Nets
Species: Halibut

Mitch Hobron

fisherman
Boat: Taxi 2
Experience: 36 years of fishing experience, specifically sea urchin diving.
Method: Diving
Species: Sea Urchins

Peter Halmay

fisherman
Boat: Erin B
Experience: 44 years of fishing experience. Married with three daughters and one son, who also fishes.
Method: Diving
Species: Sea Urchins, Top Snails, Kellet’s Whelk

Luke Halmay

fisherman
Boat: Erin B
Experience: 5 years of fishing experience. Started working with his dad, Peter, as a deckhand and now as a diver.
Method: Diving
Species: Starfish, Top Snails, Kellet’s Whelk

Phillip Harris

fisherman
Boats: Seanag
Experience: 50+ years of fishing experience. His fathers and two brothers were also fishermen.
Method: Hook and line
Species: Bottom Fish, Swordfish

Richard Yoder

fishermen
Boat: Alicia M.
Experience: 5 years of fishing experience. Been fishing out of San Diego for 5 years. His girlfriend Alicia helps fish and sell at the market every Saturday.
Method: Long line, Hook & Line
Species: Vermillion, Bocaccio, Yellow Tail, Yellow Fin, Long Cod, Stary, Rockfish

Zachary Roach

fisherman
Boat: Addiction
Experience: 40 years of fishing experience. Has “no life”, instead spends all his time on the ocean.
Method: Traps
Species: Crab, Lobster, Rockfish

Zack Roach Jr.

fisherman
Boat: Addiction
Experience: 4 years of fishing experience. His father and grandfather are both fishermen, each has over 30 years experience.
Method: Traps
Species: Rock Crab

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address

879 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

email

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