Northern Fin Fish Vessels
Austral Fisheries' Northern Fin Fish fleet has grown from one vessel in 2017, to five as of July 2022.
The Fleet's original vessel, the Eubalaena, is a 25m vessel built in 2001. In 2020, the Pacific Endeavour was purchased in Auckland, where it underwent a significant refit before making its way to Darwin to join the fleet. Since then, the Comac Enterprise, formerly part of Austral's Northern Prawn Fleet, has undergone a conversion in Fremantle and will be joining the Northern Fin Fish fleet, along with two other vessels joining from July 1st, 2022.
The fish are handled using the Ike Jime method and immediately placed into iced seawater to chill the fish as quickly as possible. The fish are then removed from the iced water when at the correct temperature and stored in a refrigerated hold until they are ready for market.