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Jun 16, 2008 03:45 PM


Hey Guys!
I was looking for a wholesale fish market in LA LONG BEACH AREA OR CA for that matter that retailers go to shop at and its gotta be big! I went to the one in Tokyo and took photos there. I wanted to see if there was one here too..... thanks for taking time to read and reply!!

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    1. Are you sure Peter? What about International Marine?

      1. There is nothing the size of Tsukiji, because Tsukiji is the largest wholesale fish market in the world. There are, however, wholesale fish markets, mostly downtown, such as International Marine.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          In your opinion, of the LA based fish markets, how does International Marine stack up? I've never been. Thanks.

          1. re: anothernotch

            Let me make a short comparison:

            1. Fish King: After work, you go to a nice, clean, nautically-decorated shop in Glendale Avenue and you take a number and wait while a nice kid who knows his fish discusses various fish with you and eventually takes your order (filleted and cut into steaks, please); you put down a credit card and you walk away with, say, a pound of barramundi and a baggie of ice to keep it cold.

            2. International Marine: You get up at 4:30 in the morning and schlep down to a really unfashionable section of downtown to get there by 5:30 or 6:00; you wade through a warehouse that smells like blood -- fish bleed, and they bleed a LOT -- and you fight with sushi chefs and fish retailers for enormous chunks of fish which, after you pay cash, are thrust at you, in newspaper, for you to put in the cooler than OF COURSE you brought with you, filled with ice you bought at the 7-Eleven on the way in.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Another one I know of is LA Fish Mart. It's not big, but the ice is free. They have real Kobe beef there as well (what I went there for). You'd have to get there real early. I was in around 11 AM and it was closing up shop with nothing but some mussels.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Since Jan 08' IMP (International Marine) has changed it's hours and Customer Policy. They now are only Wholesale and really don't deal with Retail Customers anymore. 9:30am Closing.
                  For a smaller retail order you will be better off at LA Fish.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    Now the IMP is not open to the public any more this is a moot point, but i find it hard to compare IMP with Fish King. IMP has tons of different fish and shellfish and at various qualities. Fish King is a retail store that sells mostly fillets of fish. I honestly dont get the big deal about Fish King even though it gets a lot of love on this board. I think SM Seafood has a better selection that Fish King if you are looking for fillets. If you want whole fish, fish you dont generally see at most markets and/or shellfish, i dont think Fish King compares with any of the wholesale places downtown. Just my opinion.

                    1. re: carln

                      I don't live on the Westside, so SM Seafood is irrelevant to me. Their fish is not better than Fish King, which is easier to access (even from OC -- and the location in Costa Mesa has almost no selection at all) and has better service.

                      I picked Fish King as an example of one of the fishmongers that gets a lot of love. I could have substituted SM Seafood in that post and it would have been much the same.

                      1. re: carln

                        Quality seafood in redondo beach has a nice selection of mollusks, crustaceans, finfish (round, flat, and sharkish), echinoderms and prepared ceviches for takeout.
                        fish both whole and filleted.

                2. you might want to check out the wholesalers around san pedro - near canetti's restaurant is an area where fish are unloaded and trucks pull up. I don't have any more information than that, but if you want it, happy exploring.

                  1. acdg to other web info - early saturday morning - (they say 4am -8am) at the fish markets in san pedro, eastern end of 22nd st, the dealers are open to the public. These are wholesalers, as you'll find in the produce markets downtown. If you want to take a chance, check it out. I haven't been at that hour, nor do I plan on going with the info I have.
                    THis is strictly FYI

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                    1. re: Jerome

                      this may be true, but about the only thing that's caught out of pedro anymore is sardines, squid and mackerel (not that there's anything wrong with that ... just got the feeling the OP was looking for more variety). I've consistently found the best variety of fairly priced, high-quality fish at the Mitsuwa market in Torrance.