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 of availability. Now that great quality, super fresh, local and sustainably caught fish are becoming available again, we need to remind restaurants and shoppers of the tasty, healthy protein source that they may not think of.
Here is a quote from the article:
“San Francisco used to be the hub of the West Coast fishing industry,” said Giuseppe “Joe” Pennisi, the founder of family-run Pioneer Seafoods, who sells groundfish both to distributors like Real Good Fish and directly to customers off his boat at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Today, the number of fishing boats in the San Francisco area have dropped significantly.
Fishing fleets are also responsible for the cost of the mandated federal observers, which can reach upward of $500 a day.
Pennisi argues that fishermen have been left out of the conversation when it comes to creating and implementing these federal restrictions.
“Fishermen are treated like garbage; they’ve thrown us away,” he said. “I can’t even go to the meetings because I can’t afford the hotel rooms.”
When asked why he stays in such a grueling profession, Pennisi harkens back to his deep fisherman roots.
“You should feel proud about feeding your nation,” he said. “I’m doing this for one reason only: because it’s the right thing to do.”