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Life in a family business – Narooma Seafood Direct

Narooma Seafood Direct at the Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra


Ever wonder what life’s like in a third-generation family business? Just ask 26-year-old Hayley Abbott, the Operating Manager at Narooma Seafood Direct.

You’ll know them as our popular long-time stallholders, who bring you the freshest in seafood in Australian waters direct from Narooma on the South Coast of NSW. This is a family-run business which catches, processes and sells seafood caught off their two fishing boats.

Hayley has worked on the family fishing boats for as long as she can remember. Her two brothers, Todd and Ryan, are fully qualified skippers and run the family longline boat which works in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery. Her Father John has a NSW state boat that works in the coastal waters around Narooma, and her mum Vicki is the backbone of the family and keeps the show on the road.

The business was started by her grandparents, Dot and Des Creighton, out of Narooma, in 1949 after Des bought his first fishing licence for just two pounds. Over 68 years, her grandfather and father worked many different fisheries including handlining fish like Kingfish, Snapper, Flathead and sharks, beach hauling Salmon and Mullet, poling Southern Bluefin Tuna, processing and exporting scallops to the USA in the 1970s, lobster trapping, drop lining fish, and now longlining fish such as Tuna, Swordfish and Marlin.

Hayley started up Narooma Seafood Direct in 2013 as a side business to the primary fishing business. The whole objective was to generate new markets and create employment for family members so that they could stay in the local area.

They began offering seafood at the Market, which works because they never know what they will or will not catch when fishing so it allowed them to sell what they have available that week, without having to outlay money on stock; they receive weekly feedback from their customers which allows them to continually evaluate what they are doing and how they can do it better; and they were the only seafood stallholder that actually caught their own fish, processed them and sold directly to the public. They have also encouraged the Market owners, managers and customers to inspect their boats and facilities.

Now, as the business continues to expand and confidence in the Australian fishing industry grows, they have taken the big step to build a new fishing vessel which they expect to operate at the end of this month.

You can find Hayley and other members of the Narooma Seafood Direct family at the Market each week where they sell a great range of seafood including Yellowfin Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Broadbill Swordfish, Striped Marlin, Black Snapper, Wahoo, Flathead, Calamari and fresh and cooked lobster.

Get your seafood from Narooma Seafood Direct

Now’s an extra good time for seafood with family get togethers, Christmas celebrations and with the weather being lovely and warm. Now each week you can bag your own catch caught fresh from Narooma on the south coast.

Yellowfin, Albacore and Bluefin Tuna, Swordfish, Flake, Snapper, Flathead, Kingfish, Calamari…the list of seafood delights goes on and on.

Come and see what’s fresh for your table each week.

Seafood Basket

Recipe by Brendon and Gerard from the Fish Shack

Ingredients:

  • 180-200 g of fresh white fish (skin on or off bone out)
  • 1 whole soft shell crab (cleaned and cut into 4 pieces)
  • 1 whole Squid tube (clean and cut for tenderisation)
  • 2-4 local prawns (clean and de vain prawns)

Crumb mix:

  • Corse crumbs, lemon zest, parsley , salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg and 200 ml milk (egg wash)
  • 50g plain flour (dust fish) before crumbing

Beer batter:

  • 250ml beer of choice
  • 100ml Soda water
  • 1 egg white
  • Add plain flour till you have the right consistence for battering.

Seafood spice mix:

Cardamom pods, star anise, cinnamon, caraway seed, clove, peppers and dry chilli, sweet paprika and sea salts. (ground and mixed for seasoning cooked seafood’s). Amounts depend on age and stage of herbs and spice Eg: fresh or dried.

Method:

– Cleaned seafood is dusted in flours before dipped in batters, pre crumbed seafood ready, dust squid in rice flour before cooking in oil at 190°C.
– When cooking starting with fish and prawns first as it needs more time to cook, after 2min adding crab and squid and cooking for 2 more min.
– Remove from oil and place on paper before serving.