Shawn Hughes and his brother Randy hope their business will clean up at the Santa Barbara Harbor

Paul Wellman

Shawn Hughes and his brother Randy hope their business will clean up at the Santa Barbara Harbor

Faces of the Sea

A Look at Those Who Work Along Santa Barbara’s Oceanfront

To most of us, the Santa Barbara Harbor is a place to journey through for a gulp of beauty and a salty breeze. But to the eight people interviewed for this collection, whose work and lives are linked to the sea, the harbor is something more. To fishers and charter captains, such as John Hoadley, Paul Teall, and Tiffany Vague, it serves as the grand lobby for their outdoor office, the place where they can catch up with coworkers and old friends on their way to and from work. To Harbor Operations Manager Mick Kronman and hull-scrubbing business owner Shawn Hughes, it is their office, a tranquil and adventure-filled workplace with plenty to do above and below the surface. To entrepreneurs Norah Eddy and Sarah Rathbone, the harbor has been a place where visions for a new kind of seafood business could be realized. And to marine biologist and FishSB Director Kim Selkoe, the harbor is an underutilized marketplace for homegrown seafood with huge potential for enhancing the economy and self-sufficiency of Santa Barbara. Though their stories are as different as their harbor views, one common thread connects all eight lives: a visceral, diligent, passionate love for the sea.

• John Hoadley: The commercial sea urchin fisherman is used to embracing uncertainty.

• Tiffany Vague: The Hook, Line & Sinker manager and fishing captain talks shop.

• The Teall Family: Fishing ties and divides the Teall family

• Kimberly Selkoe: New Director of FishSB Continues to Take Sustainable Seafood One Step Further

• Shawn Hughes: Hull Cleaner Shares His Perspective on Boats and Building a Business ‘Bottom-Up’

• Norah Eddy, Laura Johnson, and Gina Auriemma: Santa Barbara’s Salty Girl Seafood Goes from Start-Up to Success

• Mick Kronman: Harbor Operations Manager Watches Out for Santa Barbara’s Waterfront

• Sarah Rathbone: Dock to Dish Is Changing How Top Chefs Do Seafood on the West Coast

• Click here for the complete collection.

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