Fishing a family business

Friday July 13, 2018 Written by Published in Local
Luke and Kevin Wyman show off the impressive result of a Seafari Fishing Charter. 18071226 Luke and Kevin Wyman show off the impressive result of a Seafari Fishing Charter. 18071226

For this week’s market story, CINews marketing manager Susan Tealby visited the Seafari Fishing Charter stall at Punanga Nui.

Located near the playground on the same side of the road as the SPCA shop, Seafari Fishing Charter is a family-owned business operated by Leanne and Kevin Wyman, together with son Luke.

Their vessel was purchased in September 2017 by Kevin, Leanne and Luke, who originally hail from Queensland, Australia. They were looking for a lifestyle change, which is what brought them to Rarotonga.

Seafari skipper Kevin spent 30 years as a commercial fisherman starting in the late 1970s, poling blue fin tuna in Port Lincoln, South Australia before eventually progressing on to skippering prawn trawlers for 20 years out of Mooloolaba in Queensland.

Kevin’s wife Leanne has worked in fashion and swimwear retail shops for many years, while their son Luke spent eight years working as a panelbeater on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He is now the deckhand on Seafari.

Seafari is one of Rarotonga’s best-known sport fishing charter businesses and has been operating in Rarotonga since 1983.

The company offers half-day charters, seven days a week for island tours and whale-watching. Kevin, Leanne and Luke are Seafari’s fourth owners.

A visit to Punanga Nui on Saturday morning is a must for visitors and the market also attracts large numbers of local people.

It is open from 8am to 12 noon on Saturdays and a few stalls and huts are also open during the week. BSP bank has an ATM there on Saturdays and Bluesky has a stall where you can top up your mobile phone.

An island show sponsored by Highland Paradise is held at the market every Saturday and usually starts around 10.30am.

            - Susan Tealby

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