Freelance writer Victoria Minnich writes to tell us she’s been working the Wild West booth at the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, a San Diego venue that allows local fishermen to sell their catch directly to the public. The market is down the street from Comic-Con, which helped to inspire Victoria’s Old Glory Rockfish illustration.

Dockside is an open-air market that carries the whole spectrum of seafood from a diversity of local fishing operations, ranging from small fishes (rockfish, sheephead, blackcod, sculpin, cabezon, ling cod) to larger fishes (yellowtail, white sea bass, albacore, and more unusually, yellowfin and bluefin tuna). And of course, we have our share of invertebrates (rock crab, box crab, spiny lobster, sea urchin, whelks, octopus, squid, etc.). It's fun when one of our fishermen is able to sell a completely oddball seafood item, like a wolf eel!

The market is closed on the Fourth, so get there by Friday to pick up your fresh, local catch. Wherever you are, we hope you’re eating American seafood on Independence Day. Happy Fourth!

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Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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