Pete Halmay


Pete Halmay has been fishing for 44 years. He is married with three daughters and one son, who also fishes. His boat is called "Erin B." Pete dives for sea urchins, top snails, and Kellet's whelk.

Pete first heard about fishing sea urchins in 1970 when demand was rising and populations were down. Pete seized the opportunity, swapping his life as an engineer for that of a fishermen, and soon enough the Pacific Ocean was his new office. A career in fishing is not for the faint of heart. “We don’t take breaks. We go out 52 weeks a year. Good weather or bad," he says. But it's a job he loves, and he's committed to keeping San Diego's fishing industry alive. Pete is actively involved in Sustainable Seafood Working Group of the San Diego Food System Alliance as well as The San Diego Fishermen's Working Group.