Working at sea can be a tough way to make a living and for commercial fisherman long hours, fluctuating prices and unpredictable weather are just a fact of life.
But, for those who don't mind a bit of hard work and have a love of fresh seafood, it can be greatly rewarding.
Hervey Bay local fishermen like Gordon Lewthwaite have been trawling the coastline for the past 45 years for the freshest and best local produce.
The nearby Akama, Ramada and Boat Harbour resorts all have special packages for the festival weekend.
Hervey Bay Seafood Festival
11 August 2013