First Name          –              David

Last Name          –              Trotter

What year did you first start fishing? 1982

What age were you? 18

Are you part of a generational fishing family?    No – my Father began working with me

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

I was a carpenter and was out of work due to high interest rates and the building game collapsed.

My uncle (Trevor Trotter) suggested I try fishing. My Father and I purchased a boat (Shirley B) and started fish trapping and lobstering.

What are your top 3 species for your business? – Now

1             Bonito

2              Tailor

3              Bar Cod

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

Representing the coop and appearing on the ABC’s Landline for an interview on catching Jellyfish.

Always ready to diversify a need arose in the industry for Jellyfish export. The process of catching them was fairly simple with a large scoop net and fish tubs – long gloves and sunglasses were a must. The exporter dehydrated the Jellyfish and shipped them overseas where they were rehydrated and sold.

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

The coop is important to the fishing community for many reasons:

  • Sells my product for me
  • Outlet to sell to the public
  • Cost efficient
  • Convenient for – dropping off product, icing down & fuel
  • good facilities,
  • accessible by boat or car
  • Fantastic staff who are always willing to help

Fisherman need continue to support the coop as it is a valuable resource to them.

What’s a hobby you have outside of fishing?

I go up north fishing for holidays so I would say fishing is also my hobby.

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

Yes – For one term only in 1997