petuna seafoods

Petuna began in Tasmania in 1949, after young professional fisherman Peter Rockliff met future wife and business partner Una while docked at Bridport in Tasmania’s north east to sell his catch. It is fitting that the name Petuna is an amalgam of their first names, as from those humble beginnings it has truly been a team effort.  Peter possessed a pioneering drive and Una an innate selling and marketing skill, which would combine to create Tasmania’s largest multi-species seafood business from their outlet in East Devonport.

In the early days, the couple caught rock lobster, flathead and scallops and later ventured into deep sea fishing. Petuna was the name of their first boat, a 32ft vessel with a tiny cabin, followed by the construction of Tasmania’s first deep sea vessel, the Petuna Endeavour. The latter is still operating today. In the 1990s, the Rockliffs became involved in aquaculture and acquired a salmon and trout hatchery at Cressy and a water lease in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s West Coast. They have continued to grow Ocean Trout and Atlantic Salmon ever since and today own 50% of the farmed water space in Macquarie Harbour.

The now global business, with processing factory, smokehouse and value added processing facility, has been developed at the back of Una’s original East Devonport retail outlet.

Peter and Una’s retail shop today; has been transformed into “Petuna Seafoods and Gourmet Pantry” - stockists of not only fresh seafood but a range of Tasmanian gourmet foods, wine & cheeses, fantastic Tasmanian Ritual coffee, delicious deli lines, ready made meals, gourmet hampers and seafood platters made to order.

In 2004, Peter and Una were each awarded an Order of Australia medal for their contribution to the fishing industry. Their vision is for Tasmania to be recognised worldwide for quality and unsurpassed environmental excellence.

Rebecca Sims
134 Tarleton Street, East Devonport TAS 7310
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Open: 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday - Friday
9.30am - 1.30pm Saturday