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Anna Plafadellis

Role held in the seafood industry?

Proprietor A.N.Z. Fisheries- Melbourne Seafood Centre

When and how did you get involved in the seafood industry?

I started working in my father’s business, Jack Miriklis Pty Ltd in the Melbourne Wholesale Fish Market at the age of 16 in 1972 after completing High School in Year 11, with thoughts of eventually furthering my education in Accounting. However, the early morning starts made studying difficult. With my father’s guidance and care, I learnt on the job.

Why do you like working in the seafood industry?

Whilst the early morning (middle of the night) starts can be very difficult and socially limiting, the buzz of the Melbourne Fish Market during trading is exhilarating.

What you love about your role?

I love the knowledge and experience that I have gained in my 47 years in the industry. Along with my husband Peter, we have forged many close, valuable relationships with customers and suppliers alike, many of whom are like family.

Most memorable moment ?

My most memorable moment would have to be saying farewell to the Melbourne fish market site on Footscray Road. I will always remember the difficulty and uncertainty we all faced when we were told by the Melbourne City Council that the we had to vacate our “home” of more than 50 years.

Other thoughts you would like to share?

My family’s first involvement in the seafood industry goes back to 1928, when my grandfather Michael Miriklis opened his first fish shop in Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick.
With our sons Paul and Kyri now running ANZ Fisheries I am proud that our family’s legacy will continue in the seafood industry.