Familiar face at Clarence Seafoods
By JURIS GRANEY
THREE years ago, the last thing Paul Plummer thought of when he walked out the doors of Clarence River Seafoods was that he was going to be back working behind the counter any time soon.
He had plans of travelling overseas and enjoying retirement.
Part of his world trip was to stop off in South East Asia to check out the fishing industry and report back to the Clarence River Fishermen's Co-operative.
He did just that, inspecting the industry in Vietnam and Thailand before heading off to Europe.
Back in Australia, he was approached by the co-op to re-enter the successful business he left and he jumped at the opportunity.
For seven weeks, the popular Maclean local has been back and he is loving it.
"The main reason I went to Vietnam was to check out the seafood and fishing industry," he said.
"I wanted to see what they were doing and whether I could bring that back to the region to better help the shop and the co-op.
"It was very, very interesting, let me tell you.
"Their methods of fishing, processing, sales and promotion are different to what we do here."
Mr Plummer said the main thing he brought back to Australia was the need for a more active role in promoting local seafood to, believe it or not, the locals.
"The international seafood market is looking after itself so there is not much we can do there, but we can certainly take a more positive role here in the Valley."
Mr Plummer, who owned the shop for four years before leaving, said he was happy to see the locals popping in to say hello.
"I want to get the shop as we want it and with the backing of the Fish Co-op, we aim to please," he said.