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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.

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Trawl Innovations

Pioneer Seafoods has partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund to modify and enhance our trawling gear. This is has culminated 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!

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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

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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The People’s Fisherman Article Tells the Pioneer Seafoods Story

Another great article has been published about Pioneer Seafoods and the challenges of being a commercial fisherman in California.  Some interesting excerpts include: “Fishing is not a job,” he said. “You can’t call it a job. I mean, this is a way of life. This is something that has to come from your soul.” Pennisi’s [...]

Pioneer Seafoods on Google 3D Virtual Reality Video

Pioneer Seafoods and Capt. Giuseppe Pennisi are featured in a 360 degree virtual reality video that Google made called:  "Ocean to Plate: A Journey Into the Seafood Supply Chain" This video is designed for use with a virtually reality headset like Google DayDream, but if you watch it on the link below, you can [...]

Pioneer Seafood featured in San Jose Mercury News

Pioneer Seafoods was featured in a very good article entitled "Coming to a menu near you - groundfish? in the Mercury News in April 2019.This article talks about how the west coast fisheries have recovered, but the market for these delicious groundfish like Rockfish, Lingcod, Petrale Sole and others has greatly diminished because of lack [...]

Was Your Seafood Caught With Slave Labor?

A very interesting article appeared on the NPR.org website:   "Was Your Seafood Caught With Slave Labor? New Database Helps Retailers Combat Abuse" This article discusses the use of virtual slave labor in places like Thailand to catch the fish that we end up eating here in the US and world wide.  Here is an excerpt: [...]

Pioneer Seafood featured in article about the Modern Seafood Market

The website farmonline.com.au ran a story on February 22, 2019 entitled, Fishmongering and fearmongering in Australia's modern seafood market.   Interestingly, this article uses Pioneer Seafood as an example of the benefits of allowing fishermen to sell directly to public. It also discusses the false impression that fishing is not sustainable when properly managed. Some [...]

Valuable insights to a fishing industry moving into the future

New Times SLO provides a detailed look at the local fishing industry, with firsthand accounts from deckhands providing valuable insights to the real state of fishing off the California coast, compared to things people might find frightening in the global fishing industry. Check it out HERE And watch our callendar, Facebook page, and local news [...]

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