The proposed changes towards the snapper allocation pits fishermen that are recreational commercial operations. Harry Pearl reports.
In 1999, Darryl O’Keefe ended up being made an offer he could not refuse. Their father-in-law, Roy Andrews, whom’d spent years focusing on the mussel barges dotted on the list of islands that are offshore Coromandel and Colville, had heard of prospect of a fishing charter away from Coromandel city.
The mussel farms – and also the barges that harvest them – attract scores of snapper. The mussels and shells that fall off the buoyed longlines and are also crushed during processing are a definite food that is ready for the scavengers.
Mr Andrews works the barges through the then take people fishing at the weekend – anchoring off the neat rows of mussel longlines sheltered inside the islands week.
Finally, in 1997, he decided the demand ended up being here and purchased a barge entirely for fishing. He known as their charter Mussel Barge Safaris that is snapper and 2 yrs later, asked if Mr O’Keefe wish to work with him.
The “maddest fisherman ever” promptly tossed in their task as being a carpet layer in Napier and headed north. A decade later on, he and their wife purchased the company.
Now, he states, the charter ferries about 9000 anglers that are recreational and through the mussel farms each year. He runs two ships – a 3rd is going to be ready by Labour sunday – and employs two different people, a youth mate along with his brother-in-law.