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San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Fishing Industry Memorial

1883-1999

 
 
Fishing Industry Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
1. Fishing Industry Memorial Marker
Inscription.
In 1892 Southern California Fish Corp. was the first cannery in Los Angeles Harbor. In 1903 a technique of preparing and canning was developed to can sardines, mackerel, bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and albacore. In 1912 the first fresh fish market was introduced in San Pedro and along with other markets that followed, they eventually supplied fresh and iced fish throughout our nation.

Before long, flotillas of purse seine boats were sailing down from northern waters to fish in San Pedro. By 1920 there was a large fleet of fishing boats and methods of fishing such as purse seine, lampara, jig, live bait, gill net, mackerel scoopers and long line boats. Los Angeles Harbor became the largest fishing port in the nation. The fishing industry in San Pedro was originated primarily by European and Asian fishermen, each bringing fishing knowledge from their native lands.

In 1936, following the Depression, 6000 people were directly employed in the fishing industry. Its payroll was the largest in San Pedro, approximately three-quarters of a million dollars per month. The industry was at its peak during World War II. During the fifties, sardines and mackerel gradually diminished causing the decline of the industry in San Pedro.

In 1992 the “Fishermen’s Fiesta” committee planned to erect a Fishermen’s Memorial.
Fishing Industry Memorial sculpture by Henry Alvarez & Clete Shields (Maffett) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
2. Fishing Industry Memorial sculpture by Henry Alvarez & Clete Shields (Maffett)
In 1995, a new volunteer committee of fishermen’s descendents and fishermen was formed to see the project to completion. This beautiful memorial was then conceived with a bronze fisherman and a memorial wall to preserve the history of the fishing industry. With the assistance of our city’s 15th District Councilman, Rudy Svorinich Jr., L.A. Department of Recreation and Parks, L.A. Cultural Affairs Department and through the generosity of the Community of San Pedro, this memorial became a reality.
 
Erected 1999 by The Community of San Pedro.
 
Location. 33° 44.406′ N, 118° 16.771′ W. Marker is in San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on South Harbor Boulevard south of East 5th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 South. Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro CA 90731, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harry Bridges Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Los Angeles (within shouting distance of this marker); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberty Hill (about 400 feet away); American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial
Fishing Industry Memorial - John S. Gibson, Jr. Park; San Pedro, California image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 8, 2011
3. Fishing Industry Memorial - John S. Gibson, Jr. Park; San Pedro, California
(about 400 feet away); World War II Memorial: Propeller from Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. Canberra CA-70/CAG-2 (about 500 feet away); Municipal Ferry Building - Maritime Museum (about 600 feet away); Anna Lee Fisher - Astronaut (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Pedro.
 
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Additional keywords. Henry Alvarez & Clete Shields (Maffett), sculptors
 
Categories. Asian AmericansIndustry & CommerceWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
Fishing Industry Memorial Mural image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 17, 2013
4. Fishing Industry Memorial Mural
Fishing Industry Memorial Mural image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 17, 2013
5. Fishing Industry Memorial Mural
Fishing Industry Memorial Mural image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 17, 2013
6. Fishing Industry Memorial Mural
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 949 times since then and 62 times this year. Last updated on July 7, 2015, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 29, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5, 6. submitted on February 1, 2014, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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