Our Catch

Common Name – Scientific Name

Common Catch of Week:
White SeabassAtractoscion nobilis
Black Cod/SablefishAnoplopoma fimbria
Ling CodOphiodon elongates
California Halibut – Paralichthys californicus
California Yellowtail – Seriola lalandi dorsalis
Rock Cod/ Rockfish – Sebastes spp.
Sardine – Sardinops sagax
Anchovies – Engraulis sp
Squid/Calamari – Loligo opalescens
Black Mussel – Mytilus californianus
Rock Crab – Cancer productus, C. anthonyi, C. antennarius
Ridgeback Shrimp – Sicyonia ingentis


Occasional Catch of Week:
OpahLampris guttatus
Sheephead – Semicossyphus pulcher
Swordfish – Xiphias gladius
Albacore Tuna- Thunnus alalunga
Manila Clam – Venerupis philippinarum
Pacific Oyster – Crassostrea gigas
Common Thresher Shark – Alopias vulpinus
Pacific Angel Shark – Squatina californica

Seasonal Catch of Week:
King Salmon – Oncorhynchus tshawytscha
California Yellowtail – Seriola lalandi dorsalis
Ridgeback Shrimp – Sicyonia ingentis
Black Mussel – Mytilus californianus
Sardine – Sardinops sagax
Anchovies – Engraulis sp



Almost all of the seafood we will included in the CSF is available year round. The weather in the Santa Barbara Channel is best June – October so catch is most reliable then.


A few species are not available in winter: Spot Prawn (the season is Feb-Oct), Lingcod (the season is May-Dec), and White Seabass is also closed March-June.


A few species are not available in summer: ridgeback shrimp come in only in winter and spring (Oct-May), lobster is only available Oct-March but we will not be offering lobster because it is cost prohibitive; however, we can take special orders upon request when it is available.  If we are lucky we might get some salmon when it is in season.


Our most reliable products coming into the port of Santa Barbara are Rock Crab, Rockfishes, Black Cod, California Halibut, Urchin, Spot Prawn and Ridgeback Shrimp and these will be staples of our seafood shares.


These are also often available: White Seabass, Salmon, Lingcod, Cabazon, Thornyhead, Yellowtail, Opah, Spider Crab, Mussels, Whelk, Squid, Octopus


Other products

When we cannot get any local fresh seafood due to bad weather, we will be able to offer other products such as locally farmed Mussels, Oysters and Clams, locally smoked Alaskan Salmon caught by Santa Barbara fishermen, smoked Black Cod, and smoked California Tuna.


Why Choose Community Seafood?

We feel confident in supporting seafood harvested by our local fishermen and farmers.  Here’s why:


Strict Management

California has some of the strictest fishing regulations in the world. Oversight is generally very good. California’s extensive network of marine protected areas creates areas off limits to fishing, serving as insurance against large-scale overexploitation of several important fishery species. Local fishermen have also adopted fishing techniques that minimize interaction with marine mammals and bycatch (unintended harvest of species that aren’t consumed). Additionally, many fishermen have taken management into their own hands, self-regulating fishing practices in order to preserve their resource and ensure for a sustainable harvest.


Financial Support = Environmental Support

Santa Barbara fishermen get better prices by selling their seafood locally. Better profits allow them to fish more selectively, leading to lighter resource use. Also, when buying from local fishermen, we can create price incentives for continuing to improve environmentally friendly fishing practices.


Food Miles

Imported seafood is flown by airplane, and oil is burned to keep it cold for days to months, creating a large carbon footprint. Local seafood represents a source of protein with a small carbon footprint, making it better for you and the environment.



The Santa Barbara Channel supports a small-scale owner-operated fishing fleet that responds dynamically to the seasonal and annual changes in seafood availability in the Channel. Fishing a diversity of species helps avoid overexploitation of single species. Supporting small-scale local fishermen instead of industrial fishing boats from elsewhere supports less waste, more transparency and accountability, and fair trade!



Imported seafood comes with risks of Illegal harvest and mislabeling. Covering up fraud is easy when supply chains are long and complicated. If sold locally, seafood passes through at most 1 or 2 hands before reaching you, and you can know exactly what you are eating, where it came from, who caught it and how it was caught.


Sustainability Ratings

Several national programs rank seafood according to one or more factors including management, sensitivity to overfishing, bycatch levels and gear damage to habitat. Because these ratings vary and are not made specifically for the populations and fishing techniques used in the Santa Barbara Channel, we don’t feel they are the best way to judge the sustainability of eating local seafood here. Nonetheless, the vast majority of fishing practices and species harvested here can be considered “sustainable” by commonly used standards at this time. Please inquire with us if you would like more detail on this complex, evolving topic.


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