New Hand On The Wheel
On the next episode screening 24 August at 7pm on TV ONE
New Hand on the Wheel
Lynise Eden thrives on hard work.
As a teenager, she helped out on her father’s fishing boat and she’s been hooked ever since.
“I like being there for my dad, helping him out. That’s what mainly drives me,” says the 26-year-old.
Her goal now is to take over her father’s business. It’s not a common career path for a woman, but it’s one her dad, Wayne Eden, supports. He says the fishing industry needs more young people – especially those who are as keen as Lynise.
“A whole bunch of fishermen are getting old and there’s no one coming through the ranks,” Wayne says. “So 10 or 15 years down the track when she’s hopefully qualified, it’ll be an awesome opportunity for her.”
The Eden family used to be based in Greymouth but now live in Ashburton and fish out of Timaru.
After winning a $10,000 Seafood Industry Council scholarship, Lynise took time off last year to study in Nelson and pass her in-shore skipper’s ticket – the first step towards becoming fully qualified and getting her Offshore Masters.
Lynise and her fiancé, Te Rangi Kereke, currently work as deck-hands on Wayne Eden’s boat, Te Tonga. With just three of them on board, Lynise says teamwork is essential and no-one stops till the job is done.
“Dad and Te Rangi take the fish out of the nets and then my job is to fin and prepare them - and we do that until all the fish have been processed.”
Lynise says the long hours are both physically and mentally challenging.
Her tools of trade include a sharp knife, a chopping board and several different coloured bins.
The day Country Calendar caught up with Lynise, she was processing school shark and rig destined to be sold in fish and chip shops in New Zealand and across the Tasman.
Skilfully wielding a knife, she explained what’s kept and what is thrown out. “We keep the fins, we keep the livers. The blue bin is my rubbish bin and what’s in there gets given to the birds later.”
And, as the bin fills with fish heads, guts and gills, the mollymawks circle in anticipation.
Once a fish is gutted, Lynise throws it into a large tub of water, hoses down her apron, sharpens her knife and starts on the next one. She’s not afraid of hard work and says on a big day, she’ll be gutting up to 900 fish on the deck.
Lynise and Te Rangi plan to marry next year and, although she doesn’t have a timeframe worked out, she hopes to one day be skippering the boat while her dad is waving from the wharf.
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