New partnership to bring local fish to San Diego families

Fish to Families title over a fishing boat with hanging opah and masked fisherman
July 30, 2020
Media Contact— Theresa Sinicrope Talley / tstalley@ucsd.edu / 858-534-4600

About Fish to Families

Fishermen and a fishing boat pulled up along the Tuna Harbor pier
California Sea Grant is proud to support Fish to Families, a new meal distribution program meant to support local fishermen, those in hospitality, and the food insecure during the COVID-19 crisis. Fish to Families buys fish from San Diego’s fishermen and prepares it into healthy, delicious, sustainable seafood meals that are distributed to people in need. 

Fish to Families is led by the San Diego Fisherman’s Working Group and Chef Phillip Esteban with his creative group Open Gym, and is funded by The San Diego Foundation. Meal distribution to those in need is supported by the Third Avenue Charitable Organization, I Love to Glean, Good Neighbor Project, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Olivewood Gardens and other charitable community organizations. Marine Alliances Consulting has and continues to lead efforts to find and secure financial support for the program.

California Sea Grant Extension Specialist Theresa Talley and NOAA Fisheries Biologist Sarah Shoffler have been creating educational materials that are presented with the meals meant to inform San Diegans about our local commercial fishing community and the sustainable seafood products they provide. They are also helping to track program impacts.

Chef Marcus Twilegar picks up albacore tuna from San Diego fisherman, David Haworth. Fisherman and project co-lead, Peter Halmay, looks on.
Chef Marcus Twilegar picks up albacore tuna from San Diego fisherman, David Haworth. Fisherman and project co-lead, Peter Halmay, looks on.
 

See Fish to Families in the Public Eye

Sink or Swim: How San Diego's Fishing Industry Is Weathering the Pandemic Storm. Scene in San Diego Podcast Series. NBC7

Pilot Program Supports Local Fishermen and Families in Need. Eater San Diego

Together San Diego: Craft Meals. San Diego Union Tribune Community Hero Video Series.

Fishing for food security. California Sea Grant Blog.

Sunday Offering Online Church Service. First Lutheran Church. 

About California Sea Grant

NOAA’s California Sea Grant College Program funds marine research, education and outreach throughout California. Our headquarters is at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; we are one of 33 Sea Grant programs in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce.