Fifteen minutes before the makeshift market would open, the line on the narrow dock in Tuna Harbor was jammed. Forget any ideas of maintaining personal space. It’s a regular Saturday morning crush for live rock crabs and sea urchins, trap-caught sablefish, bright-eyed red vermillion rockfish and tasty California halibut.
Zack Roach and Luke Halmay work with 10 other commercial fishermen to sell seasonal, locally-caught seafood off Roach’s father’s boat docked in the harbor — a rock’s skip away from the U.S.S. Midway Museum. Using traps, nets, diving or hook and line, San Diego’s commercial fishermen can bring in 28 different species throughout the year. But what these fishermen don’t have is a fresh seafood market of their own.
It isn’t for lack of trying.
They formed Tuna Harbor Dockside Market LLC last June, but since then, approval to move those seafood sales off the boat and onto land has been, well, skunked.