Family fisherman puts the soul in seafood
Dan Learoyd, owner of Soulfish Seafoods, knew from the moment he went fishing that it was the job for him. He climbed the ranks, first as a deckhand, then skipper, and now he owns six boats working the Great Barrier Reef. Today, Dan has been fishing for 17 years, and he uses his well-tuned skills for his passion - delivering fresh seafood to the public, knowing it’s from a trusted source.
Soulfish Seafoods, Dan’s family business that began in February, employs his partner, their children and Dan’s father. Together, they often take the boats from Cooktown, roaming as far north as the Torres Strait and as far south as Townsville. Previous to this his family owned deer and cattle farms on the Sunshine Coast, and Dan himself spent seven years in the Noosa restaurant industry, so sustainable practices and great food are nothing new to this family.
A little different to your fisher stereotype, Dan has been endorsed as a Reef Guardian Fisher by the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) for his environmentally sound fishing practices. His boats use very “gentlemen like” fishing techniques using one line one hook in order to reduce the impact on the surrounding environment, including the alibility to quickly release bycatch allowing it to swim away. Working on the coal face of cyclone degradation, fishstock and coral depletion, Dan actively volunteers his time to help protect the Great Barrier Reef by collaborating with GBRMPA including sitting in on management meetings and working with other operators with the aim of developing a sustainable fishing culture.
Soulfish joined the Shane Stanley Farmers Markets, which allows them more connections for the freshest seafood possible. All food sold through the markets is either caught from Dan’s boats, or his likeminded friends, some of whom are also Reef Guardian Fishers, like Dan. For Soulfish, their main passion is being able to sell seafood directly from a Great Barrier Reef fishing boat.
- Soulfish sells the following fish, only while in season:
- Prawns, supplied fresh from Mooloolaba
- Reef fish, supplied from the Great Barrier Reef and the reefs off the Sunshine Coast
- Pelagic fish, caught off Mooloolaba.
- Crabs and barramundi, from the Gulf of Carpentaria.
- Locally sourced organic frozen products, free of additives.
You can find Soulfish at the Kawana Waters Farmers Markets, Noosa Farmers Market and Big Top Market Fresh.