It’s National Seafood Month!
In Ventura Harbor we celebrate and offer delicious fresh seafood year-round – but since it’s National Seafood Month, here are the Top 6 ways to celebrate (and reasons why!) + update on Ventura Harbor commercial fishing:
Eat More Fish - It is really, really good for you
It’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and packed with omega 3s, lean protein, vitamins A, D, and B, and minerals such as iron, iodine, and zinc. This means decreased risk of dying of a heart attack and lowered risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Psst — Fish oil doesn’t compete - so add more Seafood in your diet!
Support Local Fresh Seafood Fish Markets
Locals and visitors are super fortunate to have an abundance of Fish Markets right here in the Ventura Harbor. Options range from daily fish markets like Wild Local Seafood who are founded on sustainable fishing practices, to weekly markets from local fisherman selling right from the dock at Saturday Fisherman’s Market at Harbor Village. Plus, famous Andria’s Fish Market is open daily and Ventura Fresh Fish has a 'Dock to Doorstep' program where you can get the freshest catch delivered. With the array of options, there are no excuses as to why you can't support your local fisherman and try new seafood recipes all month long. Trust us, you'll be hooked and want to make Ventura Harbor fish markets a weekly stop for fresh catch! (Click here for Fish Market Info)
Catch Your Own
Calling sportfishing enthusiasts of all ages! Nothing is better than being out on the open ocean and the thrill of bringing home your own fish to fry up! (plus bragging rights!) Ventura Harbor Sportfishing has a fleet of fishing vessels and they offer frequent trips out of Ventura Harbor (Click here to learn more & book your trip.)
Head to the Harbor for Handcrafted Chowders & Stews
Ventura Harbor prides itself on offering over 10 mouthwatering handcrafted clam chowder recipes at various different restaurants, plus a variety of cioppinos and hearty dishes to warm your inner core. Enjoy with a glass of wine, warm bread & stunning Harbor views! Yum! (Click for Dine options)
Snap. Post. Eat. Enter the Seafood Eats Photo Contest!
Join in the National Seafood Month Photo Contest- 3 Winners selected for $50 Gift Certs to our top seafood restaurants in Ventura Harbor when you post a photo of our seafood meal and tag and Ventura Harbor when you post a photo of your seafood meal and tag @VenturaHarbor. (View here for Details)
Dine with Harbor Views
From famous Fish N’ Chips and large, generous servings of seafood at Andria’s Seafood Restaurant & Market (a fan-favorite for over 37 years) to the popular Brophy Bros Restaurant & Clam Bar with fresh clams, oysters, and stellar seafood-inspired Happy Hour, Ventura Harbor is home to an abundance of seafood offerings. There is a variety of cuisines to select from as well: French, Mexican, Greek, Cuban, American, and fine-dining to walk up casual. Ventura Harbor is the year-round destination for all things seafood in So Cal! (Click to SEA restaurant choices) October is National Seafood Month. Learn how the United States is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood—both wild-caught and farmed.
Plus – National Seafood Month pays homage to our commercial fishing industry!
Seafood is a major economic driver in Ventura Harbor
Based upon data from California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Ventura Harbor was rated in the top 10 in the state in 2019 for poundage of fish offload and landing value. The Ventura Port District is proud to support commercial fishing because it creates jobs in the region and feeds millions of dollars into the Ventura County economy. The top Three fisheries in Ventura Harbor are:
Silver Bay Seafoods - silverbayseafoods.com
Del Mar Seafoods / Ocean Angel Brand - delmarseafoods.com
J De Luca Fish Company - jdelucafishco.com
World-Class Commercial Fishing Marina
Ventura Harbor Village Marina's 4.6 million dollar Dock Improvement Project wrapped up in early 2020. The project accommodates the harbor’s ever-expanding fleet of commercial vessels and included a Fish Pier resurfacing. Come check out the beautiful work in person!
TOP 10 Fish Offloads in Ventura Harbor in 2019
Squid 5.8 mil lbs
Ridgeback Prawn 383,146 lbs
Mackerel 359,721 lbs
Anchovy 152,960 lbs
Crab 116,069 lbs
Spot Prawn 108,553 lbs
Lobster 95,664 lbs
Halibut 51,177 lbs
Sardine 47,679 lbs
Seabass 18,178 lbs
Ventura Shellfish Enterprise (VSE)
A proposed “blue economy” aquaculture project that was created to begin farming sustainably cultivated mussels in the Santa Barbara Channel would be offloaded at the Ventura Harbor. The VSE will bring a new source of dependable fresh and sustainable seafood to the region; to enhance and sustain Ventura Harbor as a major West Coast fishing port; as well as support and expand the local economy. (Click for 7 Things to Know & more details)