Wednesday October 11, 2017
The first of the second-generation fisherman shareholders in Fiordland Lobster, Darren King-Tuner, has been a fisherman for 30 years. Darren and his family have a passion for the sea, he has followed in the footsteps of four generations of fisherman. Darren’s father, Des, is one of our original shareholders.
Darren King Turner’s day at sea in Fiordland typically begins before daybreak. “My crewman, great friend and co-skipper Gareth Macrae and I enjoy a cup of tea, while heading out the fiord in the Ata Whenua to the open coast, expecting to travel anywhere from 50 to 100 nautical miles for the round trip. Fiordland is very dramatic and our ‘office wallpaper’ can change just not daily but often within minutes.”
“We love the lifestyle and the spectacular environment we work in but the disadvantages are that we do miss out on some important events as well as kids’ sport and family birthdays. But in saying that we now spend a lot less days at sea to fill our lobster quota. When I first started fishing it took 230 days to catch 10 tonnes of lobster – today it is around 50 days to land 40 tonnes. When we are not catching lobster though we spend a few weeks of the year gill netting shark for the Australian market.” “Whatever, we do appear to manage things so that Gareth never misses duck shooting opening weekend, and we always make it to the major rugby tests when they come south!”