Come this crab season starting in November, those seeking to get fresh Dungeness, as well as other seafood, will have a new purchasing venue.
The Morro Bay City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to allow fishermen to congregate to sell their fish from tie-ups at the harbor's public-use docks, including Tidelands Park and three street-end dock facilities.
Fishermen currently are allowed to sell fish from their boat slips, which serve as parking areas for vessels, under city policy.
However, the fishermen would like a place to gather to sell collectively and requested dock access to market their catches.
That could help with visibility and greater awareness that the public can buy fish directly from those who catch it.
"We sent out a wish list of our recommendations for improvements in Morro Bay, and this was one of them," said Tom Hafer, president of the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen's Organization. "A lot of guys would like to get together to sell their fish off their boats from a dock on a Saturday perhaps or another day of the week."
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