It’s a far cry from Pike’s Place Market — Seattle’s bustling, fish-throwing seafood mecca — but buying local rockfish, sea urchin, crabs and more directly from San Diego fishermen is about to get a whole lot easier.
Less than one month after we wrote about a group of local commercial fishermen’s struggle to secure a seafood market of their own, County Supervisor Greg Cox and Unified Port of San Diego Chairman Bob Nelson announced Wednesday that permits have been issued, and San Diego’s Tuna Harbor Dockside Market will open for business on Fish Harbor Pier Aug. 2.
“For about a year they told us it couldn’t be done,” said Peter Halmay, a local sea urchin diver who’s president of the San Diego Fishermen’s Working Group. “And then we met with Supervisor Cox and the chairman from the Port, and within two weeks it was done.”
As a workaround, Halmay and others have been selling their catches off a boat docked in the harbor.