A sturdy 17’ Boston Whaler Sakonnet built in 1976 and powered by a fuel efficient 2011 Yamaha 70hp outboard. A seaworthy combination of stability and efficiency.

 

 

Boat: F/V Killer Whaler

Captains: Charles Lambert & Ian Cole

Charles and Ian have been avid anglers since a young age and both attended UCSC, focusing on Fisheries Management.  Charles went on to work with the Department of Fish and Game as a Field Biologist while Ian worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service as a Fisheries Observer. They have been fishing and working on Ocean2table together since 2013.

 

 

Fishing Methods: Hook & Line

Hook and line fishing aboard the F/V Killer Whaler refers to fishing that is done with rod and reel. This method of fishing is favorable because it allows the angler to be more selective with their catch. Undersized and overfished species can be released alive. It also insures the highest quality due to the individual handling of each fish. Immediately after landing fish we bleed them and place them on ice to ensure they are kept as fresh as possible. 

 

Port: Santa Cruz Harbor

The Santa Cruz harbor was first established in the 1960’s. Since its construction it has been plagued with problems stemming from the fact that there are no natural features that maintain the mouth of the harbor. Periodically the entrance has to be dredged of sand and sediment in order to keep it deep enough to allow vessels to pass.

 

Targeted Species:

Halibut, White Seabass, Lingcod, Rockfish and Sand Dabs

 

Boat: F/V Mr. Morgan

A 66-foot steel boat built in 1979. It started life as a shrimper in Louisiana before making the trip to California where it has been ever since.

 

 

Captain: Steve Fitz

Steve Fitz is a native of Massachusetts where he was raised while fishing the local waters. He started out trawling, gill netting and seining for cod along the East Coast before moving to California in 1993 to fish with his Uncle also named Steve Fitz. Today he splits his time between fishing and maintaining the Mr. Morgan, managing Mr. Mogan Fisheries Inc. and spending time with his wife and daughter at their home in Montara.

 

Fishing Methods: Scottish Seine

The F/V Mr. Morgan is the only vessel in the United States still using the Scottish Seine fishing technique. This method is considered more environmentally benign than other fishing boats that operate under a trawl permit. Scottish seining requires fishing exclusively over sandy bottoms. It uses lighter gear without the steel cables and heavy trawl doors that are used on the typical trawler. The gear cannot be not towed over large areas of complex ocean habitat and results in less disturbance to the sea floor. In addition the F/V Mr Morgan fishes under voluntary requirements set by the Nature Conservancy who play a part in managing the boat’s fishing permit and quotas.

Port: Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay

Pillar Point provided a natural harbor for the Ohlone Native Americans long before any western influence arrived. The headlands provide protection from the prevailing Northwest winds, swell and current. The Spanish Portola Expedition arrived at Pillar Point on October 28, 1769 and camped there temporarily. The breakwater and jetties that form the modern harbor were built by the Army Corps of Engineers after the end of WWII. Construction of the jetties finished in 1961.

 

Targeted Species:

Petrale Sole, Chilipepper Rockfish, Sanddabs and Dungeness Crab

 

Boat: F/V Sea Harvest

 

The Sea Harvest fleet is comprised of several boats. They favor larger Boston Whalers for their stability, wide open deck space, reliability and speed.

 

 

 

Captains: Dan, Rich Walter and Calder Deyerle

The Deyerle’s have been fishing commercially in and around the Monterey Bay beginning in high school. They grew up in Pacific Grove on the Monterey peninsula. They started Sea Harvest after finding it difficult selling their fish to wholesalers and have since grown the business to include several restaurants, fish markets, a fleet of boats and a fish wholesaling business.

 

Fishing Methods: Trap and Longline

The Sea Harvest fleet uses traps for Sablefish and Crab fishing. This method uses a line of large baited cages that are left to soak, typically for a day. The traps allow the fish and crabs to enter and not exit. Longlining refers to a long line of baited hooks. In some areas this method results in high amounts of unwanted bycatch, longlining for swordfish comes to mind. When targeting Sablefish in this area the bycatch is very low and results in very little environmental disturbance.

Port: Moss Landing Harbor

The Moss Landing harbor was established in the 1860’s when Texan and retired Captain Charles Moss and a Portuguese whaler named Cato Vierra built a 200-foot wharf for shipping, whaling, fishing and other commercial needs. The wharf was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The entrance to the harbor Harbor as we now know it was constructed in 1947 with construction of additional docks and mooring continuing through the 1950’s and 1960’s. Shortly after its construction decreases in the whale populations and interest in whale products threatened the port.

 

Targeted Species:

Sablefish. Rockfish, Lingcod, Halibut and Dungeness Crab

 

Boat: F/V Captain John

 

 

 

The F/V Captain John was built in 1966 by a tugboat company in Louisiana. It has a steel hull and trawls year round.

 

 

 

Captain: Keith Walker

Keith has been fishing aboard the F/V Captain John since 2000. He stated his commercial fishing career over 30 years ago while working as a mechanic in Morro Bay. Today his time is taken up both fishing and keeping his boat in top working order.

 

Fishing Methods: Bottom Net

Bottom trawling involves dragging large nets with weighted line on the bottom and buoyant line on the top to keep the mouth of the net open. Rollers are used on the bottom line called the footrope to allow for easier passage along the sea floor. When used in areas with rocky and complex bottoms it can be extremely environmentally damaging. The F/V Captain John in the same areas for many years and targets species that prefer a sandy bottom. This prevents unwanted bycatch, overfished and prohibited species and excessive damage to the ocean floor. They operate with a FIsheries Observer onboard at all times. The observer insures that they do not catch more than a small quota of overfished or threatened species.

Port: Moss Landing Harbor

The Moss Landing harbor was established in the 1860’s when Texan and retired Captain Charles Moss and a Portuguese whaler named Cato Vierra built a 200-foot wharf for shipping, whaling, fishing and other commercial needs. The wharf was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The entrance to the harbor Harbor as we now know it was constructed in 1947 with construction of additional docks and mooring continuing through the 1950’s and 1960’s. Shortly after its construction decreases in the whale populations and interest in whale products threatened the port.

 

Targeted Species:

Rockfish, Petrale Sole, Dover Sole, Sanddabs

 

Boats

Boat: F/V Pioneer

 

 

 

The F/V Pioneer is a sturdy 60 foot trawler operated by captain Guiseppe Pennisi out of Moss Landing. She is becoming well know for her trawling gear which setting a new bar for sustainability amoung trawlers.

 

 

Captain: Guiseppe "Joey" Pennisi

Guiseppe comes from a long lineage of fishermen. He started fishing at the age of 7 in Monterey with his father and brothers Gino and David. Today, when he's not out at sea or spending time with his family you'll likely find him working on his innovative nets which reduce by-catch and lightly float over the ocean floor.

 

Fishing Methods: Light Touch Bottom Net

The nets being developed by Guiseppe aboard the F/V Pioneer are an exciting new developement in the evolution of trawling nets. Instead the traditional nets which are dragged along the sea floor, the Pioneer uses much lighter gear which hovers just a few feet above the bottom., this prevents the harmful disturbance of the ocean floor. The nets are also tied with a much larger mesh than is typically found which allows smaller fish to pass through while larger ones are retained. Currently CSUMB is studying the benifits of this new design.

Port: Moss Landing Harbor

The Moss Landing harbor was established in the 1860’s when Texan and retired Captain Charles Moss and a Portuguese whaler named Cato Vierra built a 200-foot wharf for shipping, whaling, fishing and other commercial needs. The wharf was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The entrance to the harbor Harbor as we now know it was constructed in 1947 with construction of additional docks and mooring continuing through the 1950’s and 1960’s. Shortly after its construction decreases in the whale populations and interest in whale products threatened the port.

 

Targeted Species:

Rockfish, Petrale Sole, Dover Sole, Sanddabs, Sablefish

 

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