Farmers' Market fish vendor charged with theft

The proprietor of Sea Fever Seafood, one of the most popular booths at the Sunday Hollywood Farmers' Market for years, was arrested Sunday by game wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Santa Barbara Harbor following a two-month-long investigation. The CDFW charged John Wilson, 53, and his assistant, Kai Griffin, 23, with conspiracy and grand theft.

As one of the few places in Los Angeles where shoppers could buy freshly caught, local (Santa Barbara) seafood and shellfish direct from the fisherman, Sea Fever was always a big market draw.

Wilson and Griffin are accused of skimming fish from local receivers. A receiver is a middleman, someone who collects and stores fish from a number of fishermen before they are sent to retail establishments and restaurants. The receiver does not actually own the fish, so the theft was not from the middleman, but from the fishermen themselves.

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