Fisher by name and by nature.
It was somewhat inevitable that southern fisherman Tane Fisher would follow in the family footsteps; his father and uncle were both fishermen while his younger brother runs his own boat.
But while it was something Mr Fisher (54) always knew he wanted to do, his mother could never quite understand it given his propensity for seasickness in his younger years.
It took a long time, but he did eventually grow out of it.
Born and bred in Bluff, Mr Fisher has been fishing "pretty much" ever since he left school.
They started with a 38-foot vessel and worked their way up to the piece de resistance, a 65-foot purpose-built crayfishing boat named Te-Maree, which was launched in Picton last year.
Primarily designed for crayfishing, Mr Fisher said the couple also wanted it "reasonably comfortable" for when they were holidaying on it, with space to take other couples with them.
Below deck, there were three bedrooms — two featuring queen-size beds — and an en suite, while another bathroom was on deck for the crew.
The intention over the next few years was for Mr and Mrs Fisher to live on the boat for two to three months each year, travelling around the country.
The boat was built in Picton and designed by Wally Edwards, of TCC Boats, with input from retired boat designer Colin Neill, of Waimate, who designed Mr Fisher’s previous boat.
TCC Boats had never built anything like what Mr Fisher envisaged for his business — "so there was nothing for me to compare it with" — and he acknowledged it was "pretty scary".
But the end product was "way beyond" what he imagined.
"They did an absolutely beautiful job. I was absolutely stoked with it," he said, of what he agreed was a significant investment.
And Mrs Fisher was also "pretty stoked" when the name was revealed on the boat. Up until launch day, she had thought it was going to be named something else.
Mr Fisher was later approached by the organisers of the New Zealand Sail Grand Prix to charter Te-Maree for four days for the event on Lyttelton Harbour in March this year, to use as the "mother ship".
Previously, it had to be rowed ashore, left on a beach and then picked up by helicopter.
While the boat was being built, Mr Fisher started contemplating landing the helicopter straight on deck. After getting the required measurements, he came up with a plan.
"That’s been a life changing thing for us. It saves us so much time and a lot of work and the pilots are happy to land there," he said.
Mr and Mrs Fisher leased most of their quota and, most years, fished between 30-35tonnes of crayfish from Fiordland, where the fishery was "really, really healthy".
That was a far cry from a few decades ago when the fishery was overfished and "pretty much buggered", which led to major quota cuts and other initiatives, including adjustments to pots to help smaller crayfish escape.
The CRA8 fishery is the largest mainland fishery geographically. The region extends from Long Point south to Stewart Island and the Snares, the islands and coastline of Foveaux Strait and then northwards along the Fiordland coastline to Bruce Bay.
During the 1980s and 1990s, various events occurred that ultimately led to the formation of the CRA8 Management Committee Inc (now called the CRA8 Rock Lobster Industry Association Inc.).
Despite the introduction of quota in 1990, as the years progressed it was clear to many in the CRA8 industry that the fishery was in trouble.
The Southern Rock Lobster Research and Development Committee turned its attention to advocating for a change in management strategy to arrest the decline in the fishery and return it to a sustainable level.
The latest Ministry for Primary Industries Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report, released in June, showed rock lobster exports reached an all time high of $371 million in the year to March 31, 2023, primarily due to a record price of $139 per kilogram.
So was crayfish a regular fixture on the Fisher family menu?
"Not really. I do like them. We don’t eat ... a lot, not as much as people think. We have a feed every now and then. We’re not sitting there chewing on them every day," he said.
Mr Fisher felt fortunate to have only had about six crew members over the 23 years of running a boat and three had gone on to run their own boats.
Duncan McCulloch had been with him about 13 years while Callum Jones began at the start of the new season with the new boat.
Prior to Covid, he and the crew could be away for up to 10 to 12 days and they were working long hours, starting at 6am or 7am and not finishing until about 12 hours later.
Mr Fisher never tired of the trips to the silence of Fiordland, describing it as paradise.
"I love it, eh. I just love being on the boat and being up there. It does my head in when I haven’t been there for a wee while."
And despite those early bouts of seasickness, he has had no regrets about his chosen career.
"There’s nothing else I would have wanted to do. I feel very privileged to do what we have done and lucky the fishery has been so healthy."