John Haynes, City of Monterey
Mike Ricketts, F/V Sea Hawk
For Monterey Harbormaster John Haynes, it’s a great vantage point on life: tides ebb and flood, tourists stroll along the waterfront, and people work on their boats for both pleasure and livelihood. In his job he must balance the interests of everyone.
Giovanni Nevoloso, F/V Gabbiano
Ricketts has remained a steadfast champion of commercial fishermen and sustainable fisheries. He is currently the president of the Monterey Commercial Fishermen’s Association. “I’m not gonna retire, I’m gonna fish until I die,” Ricketts says with a laugh. “I enjoy it, what else would I do?”
Bart Bruno, Monterey Bay Boatworks
At nearly 70 years old, Sicily native and Monterey-based fisherman Giovannia Nevoloso, has been refining his craft since he began fishing on the Mediterranean Sea when he was just 6. Although its still hard hard work, through a lifetime of effort he’s become enamored with and found an efficiency in his practice.
In the three decades Bruno has owned the boatyard, he’s seen a lot change in Monterey fisheries. He’s kept Monterey’s fishing fleet afloat and he’s optimistic about the future and sees the local fishing economy rebounding and moving in the right direction.
Fisherman, fishermom and commercial fishing advocate
Few people in the Monterey Bay fishing community have a resumé quite like Kathy Fosmark. Feeling that fishermen weren’t adequately educating themselves about their rights and how to navigate the complex web of bureaucracy that directly affected their livelihoods, she quickly became a fearless and respected advocate of fishermen.
Coco Faulk, F/V Aqua Leo
In the mid-1940s Elaine Pennisi met a fisherman, Giuseppe Pennisi, who emigrated to the United States following his father who split time between Monterey and Sicily. She raised 8 children, all of whom grew up working on the family’s boats and in the family’s businesses.
Joeleen Lambert Skinner, F/V Pioneer
Fisherwoman and Fishermom
Coco and her husband Tom Faulk, who together live in Aptos, own the F/V Aqua Leo that fishes out of Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. Their daughter Valerie has stuck with the family business and works on deck with the couple. The family harvests salmon, crab, albacore tuna and catches groundfish by hook and line.
Andrés Jacobo, Deyerle Brothers Seafood
Fisherman, “Deck Boss”, Rancher
Joeleen lives off both land and sea. When she’s not working on her ranch in Carmel Valley, she’s wrangling the team on the light touch trawler, the F/V Pioneer, alongside childhood friend Giusseppe ‘Joe’ Pennisi. She’s a relative new commer to the industry but picked up the ropes very quickly. Her potent combination of determination and charm is hard to forget.
Andrew Hippert, Moss Landing Boat Works
Jacobo, 33, grew up in Michoacán, Mexico and came to the United States when he was 19 years old. He now lives in Salinas with his wife and two children. He has worked for the Deyerle family for 8 years and has been a manager for 5 years.
Dr. Mike Graham, Monterey Bay Seaweeds
Business Owner, Fisherman
Andrew Hippert, manager of Moss Landing Boat Works, provides a tour of his boatyard and discusses projects underway and large investments in local infrastructure in the pipeline.
Vicki Crow, F/V Beticia
Dr. Mike Graham, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories professor and owner of Monterey Bay Seaweeds, shows how aquaculture can complement commercial fishing in Moss Landing.
Liz and Kelvin Jacobs, Wild Fish
Vicki Crow can be found on Dock A in Moss Landing most days selling fish and crab from her boat, the Beticia. She tries to carry what’s in season but has a freezer stocked with the local catch to keep up the supply when fishing’s slow.
Walter Deyerle, F/V Sea Harvest IV
At Wild Fish in Pacific Grove there’s never any question about where your seafood comes from: the name of the boat and, often, the name of the captain are included in a fish’s description on the menu.
Pamela Burns, Wild Plum Café & Bistro
Walter Deyerle is the quintessential waterman. When the 30-year-old is not making a living catching halibut, rockfish, sablefish and Dungeness crab on the Monterey Bay, he’s surfing, diving, boating and sport fishing. He’s even paddled out and caught waves at Mavericks, a monstrous break just north of Half Moon Bay.
David Toriumi, F/V Pioneer and F/V Grinder
For chef Pamela Burns at The Wild Plum in Monterey “fish of the day” means just that: fresh, local fish recently brought to the dock by someone who lives along the same shore as she. It’s not a placeholder for fish long forgotten in the freezer with a source obscured by time and middlemen.
David Graham, Geisha Sushi & Japanese Tea House
There are few people who are as excited to get up in the morning and go to work as David Toriumi, 36, a Watsonville native who fishes out of Santa Cruz. Toriumi made his passion a profession and still hasn’t lost his youthful enthusiasm for the sea in doing so.
Hans Haveman, H&H Fresh Fish Co.
David opened Geisha Japanese Restaurant and Tea House in Capitola in 2011 – it was the first sustainable sushi restaurant in the county, and is still one of the few in the nation. He partnered with the non-profit FishWise which helped him craft a statement about sustainable seafood for his restaurant. The restaurant in and of itself is a manifestation of his passion for Japanese folk medicine, culture, and cuisine.
Latisha Marshall, Santa Cruz Harbor
Wholesale Buyer, Fisherman, Retail Market, and Community Supported Fishery (CSF)
Seventeen years ago, before seafood was called “sustainable”, fisherman Hans Haveman was selling his catch at Monterey Peninsula farmers' markets and telling people why they should buy local fish. “I saw that there was real passion in organic food,” he said. “And I liked being a part of that.”
Brendan Pini, Fished & Foraged
The Santa Cruz harbormaster’s job is as multi-faceted as the harbor itself – from the fuel dock to the swimming beach and boatyard- it has a lot of moving parts and requires thinking on your feet. Latisha Marshall took on the position of harbormaster in January of 2015.
Fisherman & Fishmonger
Brendan Pini is co-founder of Fished and Foraged, a Santa Cruz based company that provides fish from the Monterey Bay and mushrooms from the Santa Cruz mountains to local restaurants and markets.