First Name – Al

Last Name – Saunders

What year did you first start fishing?     1969

Are you part of a generational fishing family?   YES

If so how many generations are you?     3rd

What was your reason or motivation for choosing professional fishing as a career?

My father and grandfather were my biggest influences. I chose to become a fisherman for the good life associated with it. I always knew I would be a fisherman. At careers day at school, I would always tell the teachers I was just going fishing. It has given me the freedom of being outdoors and doing what I love.

What are your top 3 species for your business?

  1. Mullet
  2. Sand Whiting
  3. Bream

What is the most memorable moment for you during your fishing career?

Fishing in general with Dad on the Manning River and we would travel to find the fish up and down the coast.

What does the co-op mean to you?        OR          Why are you part of the co-op?

The co-op is a family and a group of friends. Being part of this co-op makes work life easy and the option of going it alone outside a co-op doesn’t sustain itself financially. There would be a lot more work for myself by not being a part of the co-op.

What’s a hobby you have outside of fishing?

I’m a singer in a rock band. It is called Super Cell! We play at gigs all through the Mid North Coast from Newcastle to Coffs Harbour.

Have you been on the board of directors? If so what years or for how long?

Not at this co-op.  I was for 2 years when I was part of the Taree Co-op.