First Name – Sabino

Last Name – Ragno

What year did you first start fishing?     1995

Are you part of a generational fishing family?   Yes, 3rd generation

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

I always wanted to be a fishermen like my father and grandfather, it was a family business that I wanted to be part of.

What are your top 3 species for your business?

  1. Prawns
  2. Crabs
  3. Bream

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

One night it was around 1am and we were fishing up the river and could hear screaming and yelling from a boat. We found a family with 2 adults and 2 kids lost and disorientated in their boat. They had made a wrong turn earlier in the afternoon and ended up far up the reaches of the river. We gave them our jumpers and thermos with coffee to warm them up. They were not in a good way, and we saved them that night from hypothermia.

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

The co-op means convenience for me. I know I can go to work, and the rest is taken care of. The product is well looked after once inside the facility and the co-op staff distribute my product to various markets and sell through our retail shop to return me a good price.

What’s a hobby you have outside of fishing?

Soccer is my hobby outside of fishing. I am a life member of the Tuncurry-Football Football Club and play goalkeeper, and in the hall of fame for being the only player to play 44 years consecutively in the club.

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

Yes I was on the board of director for one year in the early 2000s