- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego state lawmaker has introduced a bill to support open-air seafood markets.

U-T San Diego reports (https://bit.ly/15souc4 ) that Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins wants to ease the red tape.

The San Diego Democrat has dubbed her bill “Pacific to Plate.”

It comes after the city opened its first open-air seafood market on a local pier in August. About 350 people a week visit the market to buy seafood directly from local fishermen.

The bill proposes among other things allowing fresh fish to be cleaned for direct sale at open-air markets. It also calls for a single permit for commercial fishermen wanting to sell their fish at such markets, like the one for certified farmers’ markets.

An exemption is currently needed to allow vendors to clean fresh fish for customers.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com


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