The Story Behind Your Seafood
Meet The Crew
We work directly with 5th generation fisherman Scott Fosmark and his crew to source local fish off the U.S. West Coast. We have some of the strictest fisheries management in the world to help ensure sustainability, and yet studies show that roughly 60-90 percent of seafood consumed in the United States is imported. Vote with your dollars to support local West Coast groundfish species like rockfish (rock cod), sablefish (black cod) and sole.
Scroll down to learn more about our crew, the fishing vessels and the conservation story behind these local species.
Fisherman, boat owner & founder of Fosmark Fisheries, LLC.
Scott Fosmark is a fifth generation fisherman from Monterey, CA whose childhood bathtub was the sink on his dad’s boat. His mother, Kathy Fosmark, has been an advocate for the small boat fleet for decades on the Alliance of Communities for Sustainable Fisheries, the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Advisory Council, and as the California Commercial Fishing representative on the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Scott came of age learning how to fish salmon, albacore tuna and swordfish on his dad’s boat, who fished out of Moss Landing for 48 years before passing away in 2017. Today, Scott is carrying on his dad’s legacy and is the proud owner of Fosmark Fisheries, LLC, and his boat, Queen Corinne, is the fishing vessel catching local California groundfish for Lusamerica.
Captain Clint first started working in seafood when he was in eighth grade, unloading crab and shrimp boats. In high school, he spent summers fishing for salmon on his friend’s dad’s boat. He always disliked school and became a full-time fishermen when he was seventeen. Clint’s favorite part of fishing is the thrill of the hunt and he never goes on a trip without his staples: cigarettes, smoked oysters and salami sticks. Clint is the father of two and the grandfather of two more.
Tony is an Army veteran from Crescent City, CA who’s been fishing since 1992. His grandpa built fishing boats which helped inspire him to become a fisherman. Tony has years of experience fishing for Dungeness crab, but is now excited to shift his focus to California groundfish like rockfish, sole and sablefish.
Cody is the youngest crewmember on the boat. He grew up in New Mexico and initially moved to the West Coast to be a wildland firefighter. He then spent a couple years as a logger, but always gazed at the fishing boats when driving along the beach, wondering what the job was like. Cody has been a commercial fishermen for three years now and says that each trip to sea is it’s own adventure.
Scott Fosmark found Queen Corinne in Chauvin, Louisiana in 2015 and bought her from legendary boat builder Russell Portier. Queen Corinne was taken on an adventure through the locks of the Panama Canal all the way up to California. She was rebuilt and equipped for West Coast fishing and spent several years fishing for shrimp out of Brookings, Oregon. Scott is glad to finally have her back in California at Moss Landing Harbor in Monterey Bay.
What’s the local catch?
While you might not be familiar with groundfish, it’s the backbone of many U.S. West Coast fishing communities. Groundfish are the bottom-dwelling fish along the seafloor and include rockfish (aka rock cod), sablefish (aka black cod), lingcod, sole, sanddabs and many other species.
We want to highlight these local species and help revitalize our West Coast fishing community. Today, America has some of the best management practices in the world to reduce our impact on the ocean and to help struggling marine life, but many people don’t realize roughly 60-90 percent of the seafood we consume is imported. Let’s opt for local seafood to support our fishing community.
A Conservation Success Story
After being overfished in the ’90s and being declared a federal disaster in 2000, this fishery has made dramatic improvements. Fishermen, regulators, and environmentalists worked together to set up science-based management practices including catch limits to prevent overfishing, areal closures to protect sensitive habitat, observer coverage to ensure regulations are followed, and gear modifications to reduce bycatch. Scientists anticipated it would take roughly 80 years for these species to bounce back, but the new management measures worked so well it took less than 15 years! In 2014, the fishery received Marine Stewardship Council certification and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program upgraded 21 groundfish species from their red-rating to either yellow or green. The groundfish rebound shows that our ocean is resilient and that sustainable fishing is achievable when proper science-based management is enacted. You can help West Coast fishermen by choosing tasty, local fish.
Playing our part to help protect our ocean.
Inside the Plant
Get an inside look into our processing facility.
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