Profiles

‘Life-changing experience’: Participants reflect on national leadership programs

In March 2022, Tuna Australia Program Manager Phil Ravanello graduated from the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP), and Tuna Australia member Hayley Abbott graduated from the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP). We spoke with Phil and Hayley…

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Meet a member: Bil Colthurst of Fishing International Supplies and Hardware

Bil Colthurst is the owner of Mooloolaba-based Fishing International Supplies and Hardware, the premier supplier of commercial fishing gear in Australia for more than 35 years. Tuna Australia spoke to Bil about how the business started and has…

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Memories of fishing legend Mike Rowley

Commercial fisher Mike Rowley was a legend of the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery. In this article, son Jo Rowley and Tuna Australia member Cathal Farrell, owner of Upscale Seafoods, reflect on Mike’s many great achievements in his more than 60-year fishing career.

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Chat with a chef: ‘Keep it simple’ when cooking tuna, says Stephen Hodges

Chef Stephen Hodges calls himself “part chef, part fish”. Over his 43-year chef career, he has run and established some of the most influential seafood restaurants including The Pier and Fish Face. Tuna Australia caught up with Stephen to learn about his passion and commitment to all things seafood and his tips for buying and cooking tuna and swordfish.

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Chat with a chef: ‘Tuna and swordfish are amazing to cook and eat’, says Ben Way of Little Beach Boathouse

Ben Way is the executive chef and owner of Little Beach Boathouse in Port Stephens, NSW. The UK-born chef has worked in several fine dining restaurants in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley and, in 2021, he and his…

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Meet a member: Mia Bredenberg of Sunderland Marine

Mia Bredenberg is the Australian Branch Manager for Sunderland Marine, which has been a member of Tuna Australia since 2016. Tuna Australia caught up with Mia to learn about her career journey and insurance services for longline tuna…

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‘Keeping quota in local and Australian hands’: Andrew Rado of Longreach Maris on new quota investment fund

Tuna Australia spoke with Andrew to learn about Longreach Maris’ Funds and the benefits that they aim to deliver for fishers, regional communities and the Australian public.

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‘I still get the buzz’: Pioneer Bob Lamason reflects on a lifetime of tuna fishing

Bob Lamason, a legend of the tuna longlining industry, started the fishery in Cairns, Queensland. Following his recent decision to retire, we spoke with Bob about his career journey, the impacts of COVID and what he will do…

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Talking bait use with researcher Dr. Clara Obregón

Dr Clara Obregón, a PhD graduate of Murdoch University who hails from Menorca, Spain, was a co-investigator on the Tuna Australia report looking at alternative bait options. Tuna Australia spoke with Clara about the report findings, her PhD thesis, and her favourite seafood dish (which won’t surprise you!).

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Meet a member: Michael Bull of Immigration Consultants Group (Australia)

Tuna Australia spoke with Michael Bull, director of Immigration Consultants Group (Australia) to learn about his company, discuss COVID impacts and glean insights into current immigration issues.

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Talking tuna with Cathal Farrell of Upscale Seafoods

Cathell Farrell owns and runs Upscale Seafood, a marketing and logistics company servicing the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery. In this profile, Cathell discusses the impacts of COVID, the benefits of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, and why poke bowls are his favourite way to eat tuna.

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Chat with a chef: Josh Niland shares top tips for buying tuna

Acclaimed chef Josh Niland recently released his new book Take One Fish. Tuna Australia spoke with Josh Niland to get his top tips for buying fresh tuna and ask about his favourite recipe in his new cookbook.

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