Peter left school in 1996 to start working as a deckie out of Eden. He completed his Skippers ticket in Tasmania, working up and down the Eastern Coast on various tuna vessels before falling in love with the Coffs Coast and buying his first home, moving here in 2000.
After working on tuna vessels most of his working career, Peter thought he would try his hand at other types of fishing, first trying his hand at snapper fishing before turning to his first prawn trawler in 2009. Peter loved prawn trawling so much that after six years, he went into partnership with his wife Stacy, buying their first vessel the “Sarah May” in 2015.
Now Peter and Stacy have their son Aaron working for them, teaching him everything they know. Aaron hopes to skipper his own vessel with the goal of taking over the family business one day.
We came to buy a selection of fish and seafood for a BBQ later that day. The choice was first class, and the service good. The fish was very fresh, and we enjoyed the snapper cutlets, the marlin steak and the prawns. Delicious!
Our family of 4 tucked into one of the better fish n chips we have had for a long time. Nice crisp batter (not soggy, oily, or smoothed). We had a selection trawler whiting, flake, calamari, sea scallops, potato scallops, and chips all beautifully cooked, and with great taste of the seafood
Service at the Co-Op is friendly and helpful and the fish is MAGNIFICENTLY FRESH. If you have a special occasion coming up, the cooked lobster is absolutely delicious.
Stopped by the Fishermen’s Co-op just before the lunchtime crowd and the snapper was excellent. The crumbing was light and the oil fresh. In fact all the fish there looked great. The calamari was fresh and actually squid rings not mashed together to look like a ring. It got very busy quickly after I arrived and seating outside on the covered deck is limited so get in early or takeaway to the beach close by.