Dory Fish Market

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Newport Dory Fleet2 Photo D Ramey Logan.jpg
Newport Dory Fleet Photo D Ramey Logan.jpg

The Dory Fishing Fleet is a beachside fishing cooperative located in the city of Newport Beach, California. It was founded in 1891 at the base of what was then McFadden Wharf, now known as the Newport Pier. The Dory Fleet is a registered "historical landmark" and is the only one of its kind in the United States and is considered the last beachside cooperative of its kind in the United States.

The day's fresh catch is hauled onto shore every morning around 6:00AM and gourmet restaurants, shops and private citizens arrive to purchase the bounty.

Newport Beach's Dory Fishing Fleet has a long history and tradition. The Dory Fleet Market had its beginning in late 1891 when an enterprising fisherman tired of selling his fish to the wholesalers began marketing to the public on the beach.

These are the only commercial fishing boats that are lawfully permitted to cast off from the beach near Newport Pier, the numbers of these vessels and fishermen have dwindled from the early days when it was estimated that over 30 boats went out daily to catch fish that were sold in an open air market on the municipal beach in Newport Beach.

The market is open 7 days a week (weather permitting). Each day the "Dory fishermen" launch their "dory boats" through the surf as early as 2 am. They return to shore around 6 to 9 am with the early morning's harvest. On weekends and holidays, customers will line up at the boats to purchase fish.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Dory Fisherman Photos - Newport Pier, Newport Beach, California". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-09-02.