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The Pennisi family has a long tradition of fishing and has been trawling in the waters off of California for sustainably caught seafood since the early 1900s.

Giuseppe “Joe” Pennisi started fishing in California when he was seven years old. Beginning his career working on his father’s boats, he has made a career fishing everywhere from Monterey to the Bering Sea. In 2000 he purchased his boat the Pioneer and launched Pioneer Seafoods.

Trawl Innovations

Pioneer Seafoods has partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to modify and enhance our trawling gear. This is has cumulated in the development of Pioneer’s “light touch” trawl gear. By modifying the weight and size of our nets, this trawl gear barely touches the seafloor. We estimate that these modifications reduce bottom contact by about 95 percent. Sustainably Caught Seafood is essential to preserving Earth’s ocean ecosystems.

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Pioneer Seafood and Guiseppe Pennisi featured on an SF Bus

Pioneer Seafood & Guiseppe on the side of a Bus!

Nothing Beats the Taste of a TRULY FRESH fish! Click Here To See Our Calendar.

Pioneer Seafoods and Guiseppe Pennisi are Sustaining the Seas

Hauling a a full net of fish

Being a Fisherman is Hard Work! Would YOU Want to Do This?

Pioneer at Scomas Dock

Oceanna Visitors on Board

Sorting Fish

Pioneer Fish on deck

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See the story on Channel 7 News about Pioneer Selling Fish off the Boat

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And More Importantly – When We Are Coming Back in Loaded With Fish!

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FEATURED ARTICLES

Big Blue Live, Episode 2

Aired on PBS, September 1, 2015. (Fast forward to 45:54 for the segment on Monterey’s commercial fisheries and Giuseppe’s innovative trawl gear).

“Gear Workshop Highlights Innovators in West Coast Fishery”

By Shems Jud. EDFish Blog.

“The West Coast Groundfish Recovery: The Best Fish News You Haven’t Heard Yet”

By Maria Finn. Civil Eats.

“Monterey Bay Fisherman Experiments with Nets”

By Erin E. Ross. The Californian.

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Videos of How to Fillet Fresh Fish

Captain Guiseppe Pennisi shows you the easy way to fillet different varieties of fish.  He uses a long fillet knife, but the Captain told me that using a knife with a wider blade can also work, and might make it easier to follow the bones when you are just learning the technique. Please make [...]

Seafood sales finally under way at Fisherman’s Wharf

Source: San Francisco Chronicle For the first time in almost two decades, a fisherman sold fish straight from his boat at Fisherman’s Wharf. Giuseppe “Joe” Pennisi sold about 230 pounds of rockfish, petrale sole and other fish from his boat on Saturday and Sunday, making him the first to take part in a pilot program [...]

Buy fish fresh off The Pioneer boat at Pier 47 Sunday 10/29

Fresh Fish sale Sunday 10/29 from The Pioneer boat docked at Pier 47 at the San Francisco Wharf. Fresh Fish Sale direct off the boat at Pier 47 starting 7am Sunday 10/29 and continuing until we sell out! Look for the banner over our boat -The Pioneer! We will have: Chilipepper Rockfish, Petrale Sole, [...]

Sea Lion Swims in the Fishing Net

This video was shot during while trawling a highly modified net. GoPro Hero3 and 4's were used along with extreme depth camera housings/lights manufactured by GroupBinc.com. This net was made specifically to sort juvenile fish from mature fish. This selection process reduces by-catch to virtually nothing. Of all the fish that you see coming into [...]

Salty Girl Seafood has a great story

Salty Girl Seafood is an all women seafood company and some of the fish they buy comes from an all women fishing vessel the F/V Princess. CLICK HERE to read their story.

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