We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanner Saraspe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanner, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
As fishermen, we are blue collar people. Simple. Growing up, I was raised in a non-traditional setting, both parents were self-employed running their own businesses. Pops ran the family fishery and our fleet, while captaining his own boat. My mom, Sarah started her fish processing plant in the early 2000’s. Lifestyle definitely came into the picture when I considered starting my own business. I have never been a 9-5 person. I love early mornings, and I will work until the night to see my business prosper. I graduated from USD with a degree in Neuroscience and biochemistry. My plan was to go to medical school. Naive to say the least, I was diligently applying for medical schools throughout the U.S. To be honest, one of the biggest factors contributing to my decision to start my business, was being near my family. My entire extended family is based in San Diego, CA. There is a bunch of us… Grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and the family is only growing. I am so grateful for my decision to start a business in San Diego.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Saraspe Seafoods is a family-owned and operated, third-generation family fishery. We specialize in local, sustainably harvested species caught in San Diego waters. Today, Southern California is limited to a few wholesalers and distributors that purvey local seafood. Many refer to their products as “local”, if they are sourcing from Mexico and from boats that dock in San Diego, but fish thousands of miles offshore. Saraspe Seafoods is one of its kind for local seafood. We define local seafood, as seafood caught within 150 miles of the coastline. This ensures quality due to the distance from shore and allows a timestamp for harvest date. This endeavor was not easy, but due to our extensive network of our own boats and fishermen, we were able to make it happen.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would suggest they take a trip offshore! There is nothing like the view of San Diego from the water.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my parents. The most hardworking individuals I know. Starting from nothing, they both, with support from one another, built an empire in the fishing industry. I am so proud to represent that legacy and have it continue.
Photo by Rusty. Russel Spencer Photography.