Open-Air Seafood Market Coming To San Diego Bay
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Aired 7/16/14 on KPBS News.
A new open-air seafood market has won approval from San Diego County and will open Aug. 2.
A new open-air fish market will open near Seaport Village on Aug. 2. There, fishermen can sell fresh fish such as crab, yellowtail and lobster — depending on the season — at tables set up on the dock.
The market comes after more than a year of work to get the necessary permits. The fishermen had been selling from a boat that's docked between the USS Midway Museum and Seaport Village, but wanted to move their makeshift market from sea to land. They formed a company called Tuna Harbor Dockside Market last summer, but ran into bureaucratic barriers.
He worked with San Diego County's Department of Environmental Health to get the fishermen a one-year permit to sell their fish, and with the Port of San Diego to get a permit to operate on a pier at 535 Harbor Lane, said Cox's spokesman Luis Monteagudo Jr.
Cox announced the market opening at a press conference Wednesday.
"We cast out a long reel, hoping to get a big catch, and today I'm pleased to announce that we landed a whopper," he said. "We expect soon to have a bustling popular market right here on our downtown waterfront that will offer local freshly caught seafood."
Cox said the market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning next month.
The next step is for Cox to bring a proposal to the county supervisors meeting on July 29 to find a more permanent solution for the market, Monteagudo said. As a temporary fix, the county's health department gave the fishermen the same type of permit used by farmers' markets.
Last year, a University of San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography study found San Diegans were willing to pay more and drive farther to buy fish straight from a fisherman.