Just a few decades ago, hundreds of fishing trawlers combed the California coast, scooping up fish for local markets. Today, just a handful do so, and the markets are inundated with cheap imported seafood.
And fishermen like Giuseppe Pennisi, whose family has fished off California’s coast since the early 1900s, struggle to make ends meet.
“Talk about a disappearing fleet. It’s almost gone,” Pennisi, a groundfish trawler, told SeafoodSource.