Gulf Coast Seafood Market in Gulfport

Before I tell you about one of the most popular fresh seafood markets in our area, I’d first like to congratulate @DianaKane19 on Instagram and Jan Stephens Pierce on Facebook! They won the $20 gift cards to Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream! Make sure you’re following @LovingStPete on Facebook and Instagram.

As a native Floridian, I grew up lobstering & fishing pretty much any opportunity I was given. An elderly snowbird even enlisted me at 14 to be his “charter captain” on his 16-foot boat during the winters (I kept the boat during the summers!). We made a great team, as he couldn’t drive the boat and I couldn’t drive the truck. The 😮 look when people saw us offshore was priceless. Unfortunately, I don’t fish nearly as much these days, so I’ve been researching where to buy our fresh seafood!

Friends recently took a sushi class and were told to purchase their fish from Gulf Coast Seafood in Gulfport! So Colt and I had to check it out.
I curiously asked the friendly staff “what days are fish delivered?” Turns out, because they wholesale in so much volume, they receive new fish daily. They keep their retail shelves full of fresh fish & can wholesale it later in the day. This allows the retail area to start new/fresh daily! View our stories for a video of their seafood lineup!

Gulf Coast Seafood is a Family Business

This is a family business, started in 1978 when John & Carol Merkle dreamed of selling seafood. In the beginning…“With the help of our parents we started a small retail store in St. Petersburg.” While they sold their original retail store to begin wholesaling, they’ve come full circle with this retail store in Gulfport!

Their website states that “Gulf Coast Seafood remains the leading seafood provider to discerning customers on the west coast of Florida”. Your purchases are wrapped in watertight bags that prevent leaks, as well as freezer burn if you decide to freeze. Ice is also provided if needed.

You’ll find all types of seafood, as well as Wagu beef, lamb racks, pork chops etc. Plus spices, drinks, lemons, recipes (free cards to take) and other supplies you’ll need for cooking!

One 📸 from @gulfcoastseafood

Google Reviews: 235 reviews with a 4.8/5 average

Address: 4921 9th Ave S, Gulfport, FL

Phone: 727-321-1068

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