The History of the Honolulu Fish Auction:
Here in Hawaii on a daily basis fresh fish are caught and brought into Honolulu and sold at auction. It has been done this way since the 1950′s and put pricing the fish in the hands of the buyer. This ensures that the fresh fish are sold in town at stores and restaurants and are guaranteed fresh day to day. The fish are brought in daily by the hundreds and are on display for buyers to walk down the rows and get ready to bid on the fish they want the most. About 100k lbs of fish pass through here daily and are brought to the people.
The Auction Day:
Fish are brought in and delivered to the Pier just after 12:00 am Monday through Saturday. Once the fish are weighted and checked for color and quality, they are graded based on these variables and then bidders will have an idea of the value of the fish. Around 5:00 am the floor opens to bidding for the very fresh, non frozen fish by the ding of a large bell.
Safety & Inspection:
The quality control and safety of this process is handles by the UFA (United Fishing Agency) as well as the USFDA (United Stats Food & Drug Admin) once a year. For the last 50 years, this process is the main reason here in Hawaii you can get some of the best sushi in the world. This melting pot of different cultures you can get many kinds of flavors and styles for cooking sea food. Tours are also available of this pier 38 and process of the Fish Auction.