Manta Fish Market, Ecuador

It was fitting that our first stop upon arriving in Manta, Ecuador, was a place that many locals frequent every morning.

Manta Fish Market

Manta Fish Market

The only way to get fish fresher than at the fish market in Manta is to go out and catch it yourself. Which is why this is where the locals come for their seafood, whether they’re buying a couple of fish for the family’s evening meal or stocking up for a busy day in their restaurant.

I'd like some really big fish, please...

I’d like some really big fish, please…

And some of those silver ones...

And some of those silver ones…

Oh, and some shellfish, too...

Oh, and some shellfish, too…

There are all sorts of freshly-caught fish available, including marlin, shark and mahi-mahi, not to mention a wealth of shellfish. Sadly, I wasn’t very good at recognising most of them.

Tuna, perhaps?

Tuna, perhaps?

Little sharks?

Little sharks?

There's some red snappers there, perhaps? And possibly some octopus?

There’s some red snappers there, perhaps? And possibly some octopus?

The market is located right on Plage de Tarqui (Tarqui Beach), and in fact spills down onto the beach itself.

Fishermen sell their catch on Plage de Tarqui

Fishermen sell their catch on Plage de Tarqui

There’s even an area right beside the fish market where you can get your fresh purchase cleaned and prepared.

Don't know how to clean your fish?... no problem!

Don’t know how to clean your fish?… no problem!

And next door to that, you can visit a boatyard right on the beach, where fishing boats are built and repaired.

Fish cleaning station and the boat builders beyond

Fish cleaning station and the boat builders beyond

These boats were in for repair

These boats were in for repair

This one was starting from scratch

This one was starting from scratch

And the one in the back is coming along nicely

And the one in the back is coming along nicely

Our visit to the Manta fish market was quite an experience, and the perfect start to our day. Thanks to Mauro from Manta SOS Guide for showing us around!

This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, Sense of Smell.

Tonight's meal to go: all someone needs now is a pot!

Tonight’s meal to go: all someone needs now is a pot!

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4 Responses to Manta Fish Market, Ecuador

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    These are marvelous photos for the sense of smell … especially if you adore seafood.

  2. Such interesting photos! Thanks for sharing

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