I have been a fishmonger for the past 9 years and for the past 3 years cutting fish for ‘EAT FISH’ a high-end gourmet fish and chippery in Ashburton
I started when I was a little girl going fishing with my father, I always enjoyed catching the fish, only to find out when I was a bit older that my grandpa was a fisherman.
I was 18 when I decided to follow in my grandpa’s footsteps, I started my first job at a fish shop in southland just serving customers because in the fish industry the men would cut the fish and the women would serve it!!
I would watch the guys cutting on the bench and always loved the thought of being more hands on so I watched every chance I had. One day when the boys were out the back I had my chance, I picked up a knife and cleaned my first fish and have loved it ever since.
From there I spent my time working in factories cutting fish and gaining experience and knowledge about the seafood industry and the different types of fish.
My biggest reward working as a fish monger would be knowing people are enjoying the fresh sustainable fish I cut for them, because I pride myself on clean presentable fillets and knowing my hard work pays off when they feed it to their family, then come back the next day to say how wonderful the fish was, it always puts a smile on my face.
I would encourage all women to follow their passion as I have, and say that by doing what it is that you love doesn’t become just a job, it becomes a enjoyable lifestyle that puts smiles on everyone’s face at the end of the day. Everybody can see the hard work and effort you put into it and recognize that women can do the job as well as any man.