Due to popular demand, a Port Lincoln fisherman has ordered a reprint of a book he released last year, detailing his life and the history of a well-established Port Lincoln fishery.
Bartolomeo ‘Bob’ Puglisi admits it was not always smooth sailing in his prawning career in his book Celebrating 50 Years of Prawn Fishing in South Australia, and said he was proud the book was being reprinted.
I was overwhelmed (by the support) – when you stand back and look at it, it was quite hard at the beginning to where we got too.Bartolomeo 'Bob' Puglisi
Mr Puglisi’s wife Musharella Puglisi said she ordered 200 books at the end of last year to distribute to family and friends to celebrate 50 years of the prawning industry and Mr Puglisi’s achievements.
The books soon ran out and Mrs Puglisi said she had ordered another 500 to sell due to the general public’s demand.
Mr Puglisi said he was pleased so many people were interested in his story.
“I’m really very, very impressed, when we wrote the book we didn’t expect that sort of thing (demand)...I’m very proud,” Mr Puglisi said.
“I was overwhelmed (by the support) – when you stand back and look at it, it was quite hard at the beginning to where we got to.”
Mr Puglisi said he came to the Eyre Peninsula to try fishing for prawns after hearing rumours there were prawns in the gulf from his brothers Mick and Joe Puglisi.
He said he phoned Port Lincoln fisherman Roger Hallett who was looking at prawning but did not have the expertise, and decided to come to Port Lincoln to prawn in the gulf in December 1967.
Mr Puglisi said he caught his first catch of prawns in 1968 in Cowell, which started the prawn fishery in the region.
“The closest commercial prawn fishery (at the time) to Port Lincoln was at Lakes Entrance in Victoria,” Mr Puglisi said.
“I had little knowledge of the area...within days of being here, we established there was an industry here.”
Mr Puglisi said there were challenges “every day” at the start of the fishery.
“It was a new industry, (we needed) new equipment,” Mr Puglisi said.
“I was always looking for other industries.”
Celebrating 50 Years of Prawn Fishing in South Australia can be bought at Beers Newsagency for $19.95.