Fishing Industry Memorial

Fishing Industry Memorial (HM1DAH)

Location: Los Angeles, CA 90731 Los Angeles County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 44.406', W 118° 16.771'

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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. 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.
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series
Year Placed1999
Placed ByThe Community of San Pedro
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 381476 N 3734074
Decimal Degrees33.74010000, -118.27951667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 44.406', W 118° 16.771'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 44' 24.36" N, 118° 16' 46.26" W
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Area Code(s)310, 562, 424
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 511 S Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90731, US
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