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Meet Tommy Gomes of Catalina Offshore Products

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tommy Gomes.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up around boats as my father and brothers were all fishermen is how I got my start.

Working on vessels as a galley boy, sports boats as a pinhead, and then working my way through the ranks and into the pilothouse on commercial vessels.

Has it been a smooth road?
Drugs, alcohol, and prison followed by rehab and all that comes with it. The road was not a nice paved road for me, however, learning from the mistakes I made has allowed me to help others along the way.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Catalina Offshore Products – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
In my role as Fishmonger, I work directly with chefs and restaurants throughout San Diego. Catalina Offshore is known for our high quality and our commitment to providing seafood choices from responsible fisheries and farms. In most cases, our seafood is coming directly from local fishermen. We are also known for the work we do in the community, including teaching people about seafood and collaborating with a number of nonprofits and other wonderful organizations.

I am proud of the fact that after more than 4o years in business, Catalina Offshore is still family-owned and operated. Our founder Dave Rudie is very hands-on, not only in our day-to-day business but in many areas of the seafood industry. He collaborates with scientists, takes an active role in sustainable seafood issues, and frequently speaks on behalf of the American commercial fishermen.

Catalina Offshore is set apart by the hardworking men and women who make up our company, however, we do also supply the best and freshest seafood along the West Coast!

You can read Catalina Offshore’s company story here: http://catalinaop.com/our-story/#.WjrT-N-nFPY

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like best our city is the diversity of the people and the great ethnic food that’s available to us – if you know where to look. Also that we have beautiful weather that allows for year-round fishing.

What I like least about our city is the traffic and that we don’t have a new arena for our San Diego Gulls.

What’s your favorite memory from childhood?
I have a couple. One is digging clams in the sloughs of Imperial Beach at 8 years old and hauling them to the pier in my red wagon and selling them to the fishermen at 2 for a nickel. The other is going to the San Diego Gulls hockey games with my father and my brothers. Dad was a huge fan. He recently passed away and although the games aren’t quite the same without him, I rarely if ever miss one. It’s just one of those things we always did together.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 5202 Lovelock Street
    San Diego, CA 92110
  • Website: catalinaop.com
  • Phone: 619-297-9797

Image Credit:
Rob Forsythe, Paul M Bowers, Sam Wells, Oriana Poindexter

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