Ask Rocco Ianni what he might have done if he had not been a fisherman and a look of incomprehension passes over his face.
The Iannis have earned their livelihood through fishing for generations, first in Calabria, southern Italy, and then bringing their culture and practice to Australia after World War II.
We’re standing on the quay at Wollongong Harbour. It’s one of those perfect early winter days. Sunny with a touch of chill.
But it’s a little too windy to go out, so Rocco (everyone calls him by his first name only) is standing with a couple of other men, patiently threading a large needle to join two nets together.