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For the Sydney station, see Fish Market tram stop.
A fish stall in HAL market, Bangalore
Fish department in H Mart store in Fairfax, Virginia with Mackerel, Bluefish, Porgy, Whiting and many other fish.

A fish market is a marketplace used for marketing fish products. It can be dedicated to wholesale trade between fishermen and fish merchants, or to the sale of seafood to individual consumers, or to both. Retail fish markets, a type of wet market, often sell street food as well.

Fish markets range in size from small fish stalls, such as the one in the photo at the right, to the great Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, turning over about 660,000 tonnes a year.[1]

The term fish market can refer to the process of fish marketing in general, but this article is concerned with physical marketplaces.

History and development[edit]

The Great Fish Market, painted by Jan Brueghel the Elder

Fish markets were known in antiquity.[2] They served as a public space where large numbers of people could gather and discuss current events and local politics.

Because seafood is quick to spoil, fish markets are historically most often found in seaside towns. Once ice or other simple cooling methods became available, some were also established in large inland cities that had good trade routes to the coast.

Since refrigeration and rapid transport became available in the 19th and 20th century, fish markets can technically be established at any place. However, because modern trade logistics in general has shifted away from marketplaces and towards retail outlets, such as supermarkets, most seafood worldwide is now sold to consumers through these venues, like most other foodstuffs.

Consequently, most major fish markets now mainly deal with wholesale trade, and the existing major fish retail markets continue to operate as much for traditional reasons as for commercial ones. Both types of fish markets are often tourist attractions as well.

Notable fish markets[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of notable fish markets. (See also a list of fish market articles.)

Operative markets[edit]

Frozen tuna in the Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo

Historical markets[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Clover C (2008) The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat Page 165. University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-25505-0.
  2. ^ Rauch JE and Casella A (2001) Networks and markets Page 157. Russell Sage Foundation, ISBN 978-0-87154-700-2.


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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:47:38 -0700

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:22:30 -0700

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Washington Business Journal

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:02:47 -0700

The owner of three Maine Avenue Fish Market tenants alleges the development team behind the adjacent Southwest waterfront overhaul is destroying its operations by serving unjustified eviction notices, towing vehicles and blocking customer access to the ...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:59:18 -0700

At the Dory Fleet market in Newport Beach, local independent fishermen have been selling their catch directly to the public for more than 100 years. If anything, it's more popular today than it has ever been. The market, founded in 1891 and declared a ...


Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:16:47 -0700

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