Meet the Fishermen

 Ken Konczal

 

Boat Name: Live Stock

 

Boat Length: 27 feet

 

Catch: Rockfish, Sea Bass, Halibut, Yellowtail

 

Method: Hook and line, mostly rod and reel

 

Location: Channel Islands

 

How did you get into fishing?
Ken has been fishing all his life, but that’s not all he does. In his own words, “I am not 100% commercial fisherman.” Ken started fishing to offset some of the costs of his prized boat, and he also sells roofing along the Central Coast!

 

How have you connected with the community?
Being born and raised in Ventura County, Ken is in tune with the politics and trends of the fishing industry. Most of his fish used to sell to wholesalers in downtown LA, but partnering with Community Seafood to provide the freshest, most delicious fish has been a “great way of keeping things local.”

 

What is your favorite part about your fishing?
Ken’s favorite part about fishing is being out on the water and getting away from people.

 

What are your hobbies outside of fishing?
Ken says if he’s not fishing, he’s “up north Salmon fishing, or fly fishing in the Sierras or Lake Pyramid up in Reno.” There’s no stop to this man’s love of fishing so if it’s not commercial, it’s recreational. Ken also catches lobster for fun!

 

 

Mike’s advice:
Ken’s advice goes out to his fellow fishermen. He notes that California puts a lot of pressure on fishermen, and emphasizes the importance of providing a quality product to seafood eaters that is both local and sustainable. Ken has stood in the consumer’s shoes when he’s gone out to eat in Santa Barbara, he says it “makes me feel good” to see restaurants “serving hook and line fish with less bycatch.” Ken emphasizes the importance of promoting local fishermen and their products among our community. When it comes to eating quality fish, the fact that it’s local helps make a connection between fisherman and consumer.

 

How do you cook what you catch?
“I don’t eat fish.”

 

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