Saraspe Seafoods, although sourcing from larger sustainable fleets, greatly focuses on purchasing from the local rod and reel fishermen. Our philosophy aims to preserve the relationship between consumer and fishermen while also supporting the growth of our local rod and reel fishermen. Our goal is to syndicate seafood product from local fisherman making it easier for them to sell their catch. Our aim is to get the fisherman top market prices from buyers that will maintain the traceability and local standards.
About Saraspe Seafoods
The Saraspe family has been servicing the San Diego area since the early 50s. The Saraspe family’s fleet was established in 1952, this was the year Lauro built his first skiff. Unlike the average college student, he fished the early mornings before class. At lunchtime, he would drive around selling that morning’s catch to the restaurants and wholesalers in the area. At the young age of 15, Lauro's son Andy was captaining his own 16-foot Woodward skiff. He spent most of his time harpooning swordfish (this was unheard of on a small skiff like his). Adapting over the years, Andy decided to ventured into new fisheries. He transitioned to Spot Prawn fishing in the early 1980s and has been trap fishing for prawn for over 35 years. The Spot Prawn fishery in California is limited to 16 permits making it an extremely regulated limited entry fishery. Andy holds 1 of the 16 Spot Prawn permits in all of California. As a family fleet of artisanal fishermen and fisherwomen, we desired to do more with our family's catch. We were and remain determined to change the way the local product was marketed. We shifted our family business from selling straight to distributors and instead built a brand that represented our family’s and friend's hard work and persistence and our respect for the grind.
Seafood OfferedBlack cod, Dungeness crab, Grouper, Halibut, Lingcod, Mackerel, Mussels, Opah, Oysters, Pacific bonito, Prawns, Rock crab, Rockfish, Salmon, Sanddab, Scallops, Sea urchin, Sheepshead, Sole, Spiny lobster, Stone crab, Swordfish, Tuna, White seabass, Live Spot Prawn
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What are the Local Catch core values?
The value statements outlined below aim to create a higher level of accountability and trust, both internally within the network and externally to the public, in order to advance the movement of Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) and like-minded community-based seafood operations.
- Community-Based Fisheries
- Fair Access
- Fair Price
- Eating with the Ecosystem
- Traceable and Simple Supply Chains
- Catch and Handle with Honor
- Community and Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management
- Honoring the Ocean
- Creativity and Collaboration