9 episodes

Young professional fishers, oyster farmers and aquaculturists share how they work, and run their businesses, to help you get the skills you need for the office, not the boat.

The Business of Fishing Young Farmer Business Program

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Young professional fishers, oyster farmers and aquaculturists share how they work, and run their businesses, to help you get the skills you need for the office, not the boat.

    Trap and line fishing with Danny Green & Melissah Barrett

    Trap and line fishing with Danny Green & Melissah Barrett

    Danny Green fishes off the coast of Coffs Harbour in NSW, trapping for snapper, leather jacket and line fishing for bonito.

    He and fiance Melissah Barrett bought their first boat in 2016, after learning the ropes on prawn trawlers and other trap and line boats.

    But learning to fish doesn't mean learning to do business, and it was only after a few years running the business that Danny and Melissah really got a handle on what was coming in and what was going out.

    In this first episode of The Business of Fishing, come trapping with Danny, and deckhand Ethan, and hear how Danny and Melissah came to understand cash flow, and learn about setting priorities on and off the boat.

    The Business of Fishing is brought to you by the Young Farmer Business Program, an initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

    • 21 min
    Making oyster farming easier with Jack Salt

    Making oyster farming easier with Jack Salt

    Jack Salt's worked in oysters since he was a teenager, but in 2017 he got into the game himself, buying another farmer's established business on Pambula Lake, NSW.

    Owning his own business, making his own hours and spending a lot of time outdoors was all appealing to Jack, as well as building a career that gave him plenty of time to surf and fish was high on his list of priorities.

    Oyster farming isn't easy, but Jack's investment in technology that will let him work smarter, not harder sure does make things easier.

    This time on The Business of Fishing, Jack and his dog Rupert take us out onto Pambula Lake, to flip oyster bags, check the salinity of the water and talk about creating a business that suits the life you want.

    The Business of Fishing is brought to you by the Young Farmer Business Program, an initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

    • 21 min
    Farming Murray Cod with Mat Ryan

    Farming Murray Cod with Mat Ryan

    People who knew Mat Ryan might have thought he was crazy when he decided to turn his dry land farm into Murray Cod ponds.

    But the risk paid off, and he's now at the helm of a growing company, Murray Cod Australia, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and selling the unique fish all over the world to high-end restaurants.

    Mat built solid business relationships with other farmers and business owners in Griffith, and it's allowed them to grow and create a new market for a little-known product.

    In this episode of The Business of Fishing, we head inland to Bilbul, NSW, and learn about stepping into a management role, finding and keeping good staff, and upscaling an aquaculture business.

    The Business of Fishing is brought to you by the Young Farmer Business Program, an initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

    • 27 min
    Prawn trawling with Alex Tucker

    Prawn trawling with Alex Tucker

    Alex Tucker knows what she wants - as soon as she finished high school she was down at Yamba wharf, asking prawn trawlers to take her on as a deckhand.

    After learning to trawl and getting her skipper qualifications, Alex took a break from fishing to move to the Hawkesbury river and have a baby.

    But Alex has big ambitions to get back out to sea, and thinks long-term about her career and life as a fisher.

    In this episode of The Business of Fishing, we sit on the banks of the Hawkesbury river and talk about how fishers can use social media to help their career, the precarious nature of fishing work, and making long-term career decisions.

    The Business of Fishing is brought to you by the Young Farmer Business Program, an initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

    Find Alex at @captain_tucker on Instagram.

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    • 23 min
    Growing oysters with Ewan Bale and Bella Fatai

    Growing oysters with Ewan Bale and Bella Fatai

    Ewan Bale and his niece Bella Fatai work on the family oyster farm in Port Macquarie on the Mid-North Coast.

    Every year they catch millions of seed oysters, and sell most of them on, to be grown on other farms. It's a steady business, and one the Bale family has known for generations.

    But 2020 is different, and this year Port Pearler Oysters are shaking up their business model, and growing more oysters to full size themselves. They're learning about what it will take to care for this many oysters for three years, and changing how they'll sell them at the other end.

    In this episode of The Business of Fishing, come with us to the Hastings River and learn about planning for business expansion twenty years into the future, using social media to reach customers, and working with your family.

    The Business of Fishing is brought to you by the Young Farmer Business Program, an initiative of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

    Find Ewan and Bella at @portpearleroysters on Instagram.

    • 21 min
    Selling your own fish with Troy Billin

    Selling your own fish with Troy Billin

    Crabs, snapper, jewfish and more- wildcatch fisher Troy Billin catches pretty much every species he can in Yamba on the NSW North Coast.

    He often heads out to sea, but in this episode of The Business of Fishing, Troy takes us out on the Clarence River to net for blackfish.

    But it's what happens next that is really interesting.

    Troy has set himself up to sell directly to fish shops and the Sydney Fish Market. He's put in a lot of work to build up his own reputation so that he can sell his fish and crabs to places other than the co-op.

    He shares the lessons he's learned along the way, about building relationships, maintaining your own brand, and dealing with logistics.

    • 22 min

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