joelyn fisher, owner of fishbowl, has sold all of his snapping fishbowl after he sold out of his supply in time for Christmas.
The Snapper Fishbowls are made from the snapper caught in the sea.
They can sell for up to $50 each, with fish bowl sold for $30 each.
Mr Fisher said he was sold out after he bought a couple of the fishbowl sizes on eBay.
“They were very well priced,” he said.
He said the price he paid was about $60, and sold out within 24 hours.
After he bought his first snapper he said he hoped to continue to grow the industry and keep the industry alive.
His business, the Kingfish Restaurant, has been closed for the last year after Mr Fisher bought out his supplier.
A spokesperson for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Fishers said the College had not been made aware of the sale and was in contact with the fisherman.
She said a spokesperson was available to speak with him.
Kingfish Restaurant is a family owned restaurant, which has been serving Australian and NZ style seafood to visitors to Queenstown since 1986.
Fisherman’s Guild spokesman Andrew O’Connor said it was unfortunate that the Fishermen’s Guild had to go through this.
We would expect the Government to be working closely with the industry to provide better access for fishers to our markets and provide greater access for businesses to attract and retain staff.
It is unfortunate that they will be left with no choice but to go this route,” he told RN Breakfast.
RGA fisheries officer Kate Brown said the snapping was a highly prized fish and that the fishers were concerned for the livelihoods of their members.
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