Fiordland Cray Fishing, 2016

Oil on canvas
65 x 105 cm

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If one particular sector of the New Zealand fishing industry stands out as being unique, it would be the Fiordland crayfishermen. Due to the remoteness, this industry is far from the public eye. The Fiordland coast takes the full force of the mighty Southern Ocean slamming into it like a brick wall. The huge swells that carry through thousands of miles have no mercy on tiny vessels that fish these hostile waters.

The Tamahine is working her pots very close to the Fiordland coast in the face of a strong South Westerly. The swirling fog creates patches of sunlight that dances on the water. Skippers exercise extreme skill to position there vessels as close as they dare to the rocks and shallow reefs.