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The proposed changes towards the snapper allocation pits fishermen that are recreational commercial operations. Harry Pearl reports.
In 1999, Darryl O’Keefe had been made an offer he could not refuse. Their father-in-law, Roy Andrews, whom’d spent years taking care of 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 town.
The mussel farms – as well as the barges that harvest them – attract ratings of snapper. The mussels and shells that fall off the buoyed longlines and tend to be crushed during processing really are a food that is ready for the scavengers.
Mr Andrews would work the barges throughout the then take people fishing at the weekend – anchoring off the neat rows of mussel longlines sheltered inside the islands week.
Finally, in 1997, the demand had been decided by him ended up being here and bought 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 want to work with him.
The fisherman that is”maddest ever” promptly tossed in his work being a carpeting layer in Napier and headed north. A decade later, he and his wife purchased business.
Now, he states, the charter ferries about 9000 leisure fishermen to and through the mussel farms every year. (more…)