Tuna Harbor Dockside Market grows downtown!

Artistic chalkboard tells curious customers how to prepare yummy rock fish.
Artistic chalkboard tells curious customers how to prepare yummy rock fish.

I recently heard on the local news that the new Tuna Harbor Dockside Market in downtown San Diego has grown quite a bit since its modest beginning. When I went to the outdoor fish market’s grand opening a month or so ago, there were two tables with freshly caught fish and tanks of crabs and sea urchins. And a really, really long line!

During my walk late this morning I decided to see how things are going. So I headed down to the Embarcadero with my trusty camera. I arrived at the pier just north of Seaport Village about eleven o’clock, and it appeared most of the shopping crowd had already departed. Some of the commercial fishermen were removing unsold seafood from their tables.

The dockside market has certainly expanded! The tents now number half a dozen or so, and stretch in a row a good distance down the pier.

Today’s catch included live sea urchin, rock crab, top snail, whelk snail, rock fish, black cod, thorny head rockfish, sheepshead, yellowfin tuna, albacore tuna, box crab, razor crab, mackerel and perch! I’m told many chefs at local restaurants have become happy customers!

The number of fresh fish tables has more than doubled in one month.
The number of fresh fish tables has more than doubled in one month.
Late in the morning, frozen albacore looked to be a pretty good deal.
Late in the morning, frozen albacore looked to be a pretty good deal.
Lots of colorful rockfish including starry, Bocaccio and Santa Maria.
Lots of colorful rockfish including starry, Bocaccio and Santa Maria.
Looking toward downtown along the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market this morning.
Looking toward downtown along the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market this morning.
Fishing boats docked at pier where fresh fish are sold every Saturday.
Fishing boats docked at pier where fresh fish are sold every Saturday.
Fisherman checks live crab on top of a trap.
Fisherman checks live crab on top of a trap.
Sign board at foot of pier indicates today's prices.
Sign board at foot of pier indicates today’s prices.

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

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