The proposed changes to your snapper allocation pits leisure fishermen against commercial operations. Harry Pearl reports.
In 1999, Darryl O’Keefe had been made an offer he could not refuse. His 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 possibility a fishing charter away from Coromandel city.
The mussel farms – while the barges that harvest them – attract scores of snapper. The mussels and shells that fall off the buoyed longlines and therefore are crushed during processing are a definite prepared meals supply when it comes to 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, the demand had been decided by him had been here and purchased a barge solely for fishing. He known as their charter Mussel Barge Snapper Safaris and, 2 yrs later, asked if Mr O’Keefe wish to work with him.
The „maddest fisherman ever” promptly tossed inside the work as being a carpeting layer in Napier and headed north. A decade later on, he along with his wife purchased the business enterprise.
Now, he states, the charter ferries about 9000 anglers that are recreational and through the mussel farms every year. He runs two ships – a 3rd will soon be ready by Labour sunday – and employs two different people, a youth mate and their brother-in-law.