Fall Fisherman Highlight: David Haworth

David Haworth is a local fisherman and business owner. Born and raised in San Diego, his love of fishing started young, when he began working with his Dad on a commercial tuna boat.

Please share the story and history of your fishing business.


When I was nine years old, I fished with my Dad on a commercial fishing boat chasing tuna off the coast of Mexico up to Canada. By the time I was 16, I had my first boat and fished for lobster off the coast of San Diego. I started direct marketing with my business, La Jolla Lobster and Crab, selling live lobster and crab directly to the public.

Once I finished high school, I started fishing full-time with my Dad on the Barbara H, from the South Pacific to Alaska. When I was 21, I took over as Captain of the Barbara H and was in charge of the full operation of the boat. Since then, I have worked in many different fisheries: gillnetting tuna and swordfish, long-lining tuna and swordfish out of Hawai’i and California, trolling and bait fishing tuna, and purse seining for tuna, squid, mackerel and sardines. I also fished locally with traps for lobster, sheepshead and crab.

Presently I own and manage 5 commercial fishing boats out of San Diego that participate in harpoon, deep-set buoy gear, gillnet and long-line fishing of swordfish and tuna.

Why are you committed to local fishing?

After fishing the North and South Pacific, basically all over the Pacific, and being a native San Diegan, I decided I wanted to just fish locally, out of my hometown. I wanted to fish with my family and be close to my family.

What is your vision for your business?

My vision for my business is to provide reasonably priced seafood for the average family, and to promote U.S. caught fish.

What have been the biggest challenges for your business?

The biggest challenges have been fighting lies and misinformation from Oceana and Pew and other environmental non-governmental organizations. 

What do local fishermen need to succeed?

Hard work, and being able to adapt to changing ocean conditions and ever-changing regulations.

What do you want San Diegans to know?

The oceans off San Diego are healthy with life, and fish stocks look good for the future. Local California fishermen are the most regulated fishermen in the world, try to support these fishermen and buy locally caught U.S. seafood.

Where can San Diegans find you and your fish?

Every Saturday I’m at the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, and my fish can be found at most local restaurants that serve locally caught U.S. fish.

What are you selling this week?

This week and most weeks I have Albacore, Big Eye, skipjack, and yellowfin tuna, swordfish, lobster, ono, and monchong.

What is your favorite fish to eat?


Any other thoughts you’d like to share?

Please support San Diego fishermen.

You can find Dave selling is local catch at Tuna Harbor Dockside Market every Saturday.