Bart Butson is a third generation fisherman from Port Wakefield, South Australia. Like his grandfather and father before him, Bart fishes with a gill net in shallow inshore waters for scalefish like whiting, garfish, snook and tommy ruff. Bart is an industry leader, not only recognised by various seafood producer awards, but also for the respect he commands from his fellow fisherman and regulators alike. His concern for sustainability of the environment is driven by the desire to see his fishery continue for future generations.
Bart brings us his premium, wild caught, local produce from a 20ft wooden boat – the only technology on board is a GPS unit and a scrapped inboard motor revived by his son-in-law, Shaun.
Besides being a local Australian Rules Football hero, Justin is a fisher and family man based in Port Wakefield. He is a member of the third generation of Cicolella’s who have fished the area for scalefish. As a youngster, all Justin wanted to be was a fisher when he grew up. He would try and convince his dad to let him skip school to go fishing and now its his turn to have the same battle with his daughter.
Growing up alone with their family on the remote Flinders Island on the Eyre Peninsula, instilled a love for fresh seafood and a connection with nature.
Jonas and Tobin are second generation divers with over 40 years’ experience between them, now living in Streaky Bay they share this passion with seafood enthusiasts, harvesting wild abalone of internationally renowned quality and creating new and exciting ways to experience it.
Tracy and Glen are a team. They are phenomenal advocates for the protection of the environment they operate in and work tirelessly on new initiatives that help with habitat and species restoration in the Lower Lakes and Coorong. They always treat their visitors to a great experience at their base in Meningie and if you’re really lucky, Tracy might even cook up some of her famous carp strips. Look out for Glen in his token orange jacket and go and say “Hi” before he does.
Mike’s family has been in seafood for over 50 years. His grandfather opened the Marino Rocks Restaurant and supplied it with his own fish. Today, Mike fishes on Kangaroo Island and is a walking South Australian fishing encyclopaedia, having spent his career in several different sectors including lobster, charter boat and marine scale fishing. Look out for him on the north shore fishing from his row boat in Kangaroo Island’s pristine waters.
As a seventeen year old surfing enthusiast, Hugh moved to the west coast in search of his next wave. He joined the fishing industry over forty years ago and now skippers the Sea Rover targeting ocean jackets. Hugh’s passion for seafood is evident in his products from his fish through to his octopus and vongole. Hugh and his wife Chris are true Coffin Bay locals and slow food heroes.
Adam is a fifth generation fisher – he net fishes for scalefish like silver whiting and gar out of Fisherman Bay and also has a licence for blue swimmer crab. Christy is heavily involved in the running of the family business and plays a vital role in ensuring their catch arrives in pristine condition in Adelaide. The Barnes family name carries a special reputation amongst South Australian fishers for their exceptional and uncanny ability to find and catch fish when others can’t.