On Saturday, we lost a friend, influencer and advocate of the fishing industry, Peter Jones.
Peter was born in Wales, travelled to New Zealand in 1966 as a merchant naval officer and got his Master’s ticket in Auckland in 1970 before returning to Wales. In 1973 he returned to New Zealand and started trolling for albacore tuna off the west coast of the south island.
To name but a few of Peter’s roles he was the President of the Bay of Plenty Commercial Fishermen’s Association and in 1987 became an Executive Committee member of the New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen followed by Vice-Presidency and then Presidency from 1995 until 2003. To this day he remained a member of the Leigh Commercial Fishermen’s Association.
At the Federation's 54th Annual General Meeting in Timaru in 2012 both Peter and his wife Lesley were awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership, recognising their outstanding contributions and commitment to the industry and the Federation.
Peter was a very successful fishermen, a major contributor to the fishing industry and one our greatest influencers and leaders.
Our thoughts go out to Lesley and their family at this time.