Peter Stevens – General Manager Southern Deep-sea Fisheries
Peter joined Austral Fisheries in August 1997 after meeting the Austral team in Whangarei, New Zealand. At that time, the Austral Leader was undergoing refit and Peter was one of the Project Managers for the Northland Port Corporation. He had also spent time as the Chief Engineer on the now Southern Champion and other various vessels.
Peter is a fitter & turner by trade, but has tried his hand in numerous maritime industries – this has included service in the Royal New Zealand Navy, an engineer at the Shipping Corporation of New Zealand, the Engineering Manager for Sinclair & Melbourne ship repair facility where he was in charge of ship repair work & dry docking of vessels, and also in the Naval Dockyard in Auckland, NZ. In short, Peter has been on both sides of the fence in all things marine – both fishing and mechanical.
Peter joined Austral as the Engineering Manager for the deep-sea fleet with the added responsibility of the engineering requirements for the 9 Northern Prawn vessels a few years later. Since 2008, he has been the General Manager of the Deep-sea Fisheries.
After experiencing many marine industries, Peter finds the fishing industry the most rewarding, due mainly to the people you meet and experiences you are exposed to along the way.