Seafood giant lands a great catch from the Sunshine Coast
The largest wild caught tuna company in Australia, Walker Seafoods, has officially celebrated the $1.2 million expansion of its Mooloolaba-based operations during a ceremony with Mayor Mark Jamieson today (November 14).
It’s an achievement that would have seemed like a pipedream when CEO and owner Pavo Walker made the decision to quit his corporate Sydney job and simply “go fishing” in 2002.
While the early days were tough, when Pavo and his wife Heidi would collect disposed fishing line to reuse for their only boat, the future is now a lot brighter for the company which is the only Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified tuna company in Australia and export to the US, Japan, and Switzerland.
Mayor Jamieson, who joined the Walkers, for the official opening of the new purpose-built factory at Mooloolaba, said the expansion was a great achievement for the business and would result in a boost to the local regional economy.
“Walker Seafoods have certainly achieved a lot in their 15-year history, and the opening of their new factory today will provide opportunities for the company’s future growth while providing additional employment opportunities for our region,” Mayor Jamieson said.