Before Hollywood, before biotech, before container shipping, before international tourism, even before the Navy – the economy of coastal harbors was tied to fishing. Sardines, tuna, swordfish and seabass were caught and processed by the ton, supporting thousands of jobs.
Now fishing and seafood processing is a global enterprise, but San Diego, San Pedro, Monterey, Bodega Bay, Eureka and many other communities to this day support fishing and processing enterprises and hundreds of jobs.
But what international competition hasn’t defeated, the state of California just may.
Last month, the California Legislature sent to the Governor legislation that would require superfluous labeling of seafood. The effect of the bill wouldn’t be only to irritate and confuse consumers, but upend the state’s fish processing and retail businesses for a California-only requirement.