Marie Duplex

Role held in the seafood industry?

Projects and Sales

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

1994, through a then boyfriend. I’ve been in and out of the industry since then. I always seem to end back in the industry, am happy to say that it is with my same employer from 1999 that pulled me back in this time.

Why do you like working in the seafood industry?

No two days are ever the same, fast paced and varied. Being a female involved in a predominantly male dominated industry is empowering, fortunately for me most of my involvement in the industry has been lead by a strong female, which is brilliant, a great role model and mentor to learn from.

What you love about your role?

What you love about your role I’m not as hands on these days with fish, mostly more of an administrative role. Again is varied and can change at the drop of a hat. Adaptability to these changes is very important.

Most memorable moment ?

Too many!

  • Travelling to Japan and learning from the masters on grading fish.
  • Flying all over Western Australia to meet our fleet and grade their fish for export.
  • Arguing with a skipper on a wharf. His supplies truck had boxed my truck in loaded with packed fish destined for the airport to meet its export flight deadline.
  • In Albany I had flown in to grade some tuna. There were some Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) and Fisheries came to have a look.  They didn’t even know what SBT looked like, I had to show them.
  • Deckhand on a purse seine trawler in the southern ocean. My predecessor in the previous season was a “tough man” who had done time. He quit before his first trip finished.  I completed the entire season.
  • Stumbling across a photo of me in the Fremantle Maritime Museum grading fish.

Now the aquaculture industry. Absolutely wonderful in seeing the fish grow from babies through to maturity and being exposed to the entire process. So interesting.

Other thoughts you would like to share?

Other thoughts you would like to share I’ve come and gone, been involved with other industries, but always seem to end up back in the seafood industry and to be honest it’s the one I love and always enjoy coming back to. The saddest thing about the seafood industry is the importation and sale of inferior products from Asia. Australian seafood is beautiful, if only everyone realised that and was happy to pay a little extra at the check out to ensure they are getting our succulent superior seafood.