Western Australias Fishing industry’s elder statesman had salt in his blood

1478563272505Commercial fishing’s elder statesman, Edward ‘Ted’ Laurence Collins, would be remembered as much for his generosity and support of the fishing industry as his broad physique honed from breaking underwater swimming records as a school boy in Marlborough. Born in Blenheim, Collins lived all his life in Marlborough, settling in Spring Creek with his wife, Gwen, and daughters Jan and Sue, and son Peter. He began work as a farmer but soon followed his passion to become a commercial fisherman and fishery advocate during a period of great change in the industry which included the introduction of the quota management system, and the establishment of the exclusive economic zone. He spent more than 50 years involved in the fishing industry as a selfless advocate for commercial fishing, and sustainable fishery management while earning the respect of many inside and outside the industry. Read the rest here 11:09