So Fishermen Go Fishing

So Fishermen Go Fishing

It must be somebody who is willing to work hard and do the right thing without recognition or reward. Somebody who is willing to risk injury and pain and sacrifice family time and sleep to provide good food. Somebody who is willing to drop everything to save another person in need. Somebody who is salty and sunburned and curmudgeonly and patient and loyal and hardworking and kind. Somebody who smiles when they probably want to cry, who always has a story to share, and who loves just as hard as they work.

Dave Marciano

Dave Marciano

Dave does not come from a fishing family but caught the bug early on, “I had a passion for fishing when I was kid—with a bobber and a minnow down on the pond.” He said he always “oriented towards the water” and worked on charter boats in high school and ran groundfish boats for a decade-or-so. Life happened and he got married and had kids, but he eventually saved up to buy his own boat and go groundfishing.

Amanda Moeser

Amanda Moeser

Fishing businesses come in all different shapes and sizes, and much like other industries, what fishing looks like is continuing to change. I was talking with a farmer a few months ago and he was sharing an unfortunate story with me: one of his neighbors had complained about the solar panels that they had erected in one of their fields…

Microwaving [Bangs Island] Mussels w. Matt Moretti

Microwaving [Bangs Island] Mussels w. Matt Moretti

I often ask myself, “Why don’t I eat more mussels?” I think it might be because I have this idea that if I’m going to eat mussels that they need to be prepared a la Fore St. and Scales. Ya know: wine, butter, garlic. So much garlic. And, of course, for optimal broth-soaking, a fresh baguette from Standard Bakery. But after talking with Matt Moretti from Bangs Island Mussels, I realize that I am being far too precious…

Peter Halmay

Peter Halmay

Peter Halmay, when I asked how old he was, said, “Seventy-seven going kicking and screaming into the 21st century.” He’s a first-generation fisherman who started fishing in the 60s. Peter explained that California fishermen are mostly first-generation fishermen that started in the 60s and 70s, and they are now getting into the third-generation in 2019.