About us

Niall AtkinsonA word from the director, Niall Atkinson

I remember when I was eight years old, after dinner every night homework would be put away as my father and I would go into our carport shed and start packing seafood baskets for orders, and cutting barramundi fillets to size for our now famous "Barra Packs", to all hours of the night.

Over the last 30 years my father, Martin Atkinson, "Mr Barra", has been supplying seafood to the people of Darwin and the Northern Territory. In that time he has built a reputation here and throughout Australia famous for his "Barra Packs" and renowned for Darwin's largest range of fresh, local, quality seafood. From humble beginnings of just himself selling door to door on a push bike, to now having more than 12 full time staff and four casuals at our new shop at Fisherman's Wharf.

Moving back to Darwin in 2008 to help with the family business, I worked side by side with my father carefully learning the art of being a fishmonger by the master himself. 

Just recently becoming the new Mr Barra, I would like to say that it's an honour and a priveledge to carry on the Mr Barra name. I am looking forward to working hard with passion and dedication, assuring that the same quality and love of seafood is continued to the same standard which you have come to expect over the last 30 years.

Niall M. Atkinson

A word from the late founder, Martin Atkinson aka "Mr. Barra"

Martin J AtkinsonI started out with Pedros Fish Mart selling fish door to door in May 1974. The business was registered in the same month. The business grew but lost all its stock in Cyclone Tracy 1974.

I started up again in June 1975 selling seafood to government offices in 5 lb bags. I also sold to the Greek Community which were very large consumers of squid, octopus, sepia prawns and bugs. We became sponsors of the Greek Wine Festival run by the Greek/ Cypriot Community. We also became a major sponsor of Kerry Manolas’s Weekly Greek Radio Programme.

The business expanded into wholesaling and it opened a fish shop in Smith Street in 1976. The company continued to grow and I opened the first fish shop in Casuarina Square. The Casuarina Square shop operated until 1982. At which time I went about starting up Mr. Barra in early 1985 - mainly as a wholesale business and later expanding into the retail market.

The wholesale market thrived as it grew in clients, becoming the first Darwin seafood company to supply the two major chains, Woolworths and Coles, coming up to over 15 years. We also supply local resturants, Defence Forces, The NT Government, American and French Navy, cruise ships, Offshore Rig tenders, Oil rigs and Mining Camps.  We also supplied prawns to the Pope when he visited in 1986, and supplied seafood to Concorde when it stopped in Darwin.

I have been selling seafood down at Fishermans' Wharf for over 15 years, and in 2008 we proudly opened our brand new state of the art retail shop. With over seven meters of fresh fish display and over 50 ft of retail freezer space we currently have the biggest display of fresh seafood in the NT. We also have the largest range of frozen seafood in the NT.

I am proud to say i have been selling locally caught seafood for nearly 40 years, and we at Mr. Barra strive to promote fish from the pristine waters of the NT. We support the NT Fisheries Council and support their ‘NT Caught’ campaign.

Martin J Atkinson

(07/08/1941 - 11/8/2011)