Larry and Rosalyn Miyamura, along with 2 part-time market helpers.
Larry is third-generation Japanese- American. He was born in an internment camp in Tule Lake, and grew up in a family that farmed pears and peaches in Placer County. He’s a Vietnam veteran who had a career working as a computer programmer for the state of California. He started sport-fishing in the mid-1970s, and would spend his weekends fishing for striped bass and salmon. In 1997, he retired from his career in order to focus on commercial fishing. His wife, Rosalyn, works full-time, and he says this is the crucial formula to make a small-scale fishing business like his successful: a working wife. Larry has become an activist in the fight against salmon farming, and in the promotion of small-scale, sustainable fisheries. He is a member of the California Salmon Council, which recently received a grant to work towards receiving Marine Stewardship Council certification as a sustainable fishery.
Until 2008, Larry caught his own salmon. Shogun Fish currently sells a wide variety of seafood and specializes in troll-caught wild king salmon. Larry pays close attention to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch list, and bases all his product choices on their recommendations for sustainability.
In addition to making their own products, Todd and Jordan also offer fruit and veggie preservation workshops in San Francisco, Oakland, and Santa Cruz and at their kitchen-café in Monterey.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »