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SYDNEY FISH MARKETS SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

December 12, 2011

Fishmarket

by Caroline Caddy

Sydney Fish Market Pyrmont

Stepping into the Sydney Fish Market may come as a shock for first time visitors. The idea of a fish market probably conjures up images of a loud, smelly, fish-fuelled frenzy with shouting spruikers and hundreds of shoppers all fighting for fresh sashimi. This is not the case at all. Indeed, the fish markets are an extremely civilised shopping and dining experience. There are plenty of seats and plenty of dining options, including a restaurant, and several take-away shops. For the less aquatically inclined, the fish market also has a deli, greengrocer and even, surprisingly, a butcher.

“We love to come to the fish markets for lunch,” say John and Mavis Browne, long time Pyrmont residents, and retirees. “It’s a day out in itself.” Not just a place for locals to shop and dine, the fish market is also a major tourist attraction; it even offers early morning tours. “Tours are conducted by a trained SFM tour guide and go behind-the-scenes to explore all facets of the Market and its operations, including the auction floor, sashimi pavilion and crab and lobster pen,” a Sydney Fish Market representative explains. On top of all this, there is the Sydney Seafood School, a culinary hotbed for amateurs and aspiring chefs. The Seafood School offers daily classes and guest lectures from several of Sydney’s prominent chefs. “I learn a lot from this place,” one student commented, “it’s so useful being taught something and then having the ingredients right beneath your feet.”

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“Most of the staff have been working here for quite a few years, and quite a few have grownup in the markets,” says one of the managers of De Costi seafood. “It’s almost like a family trade. So in that respect, everyone knows everyone’s business, not just on a working level, but also on a personal basis. It’s quite a close knit community” This feeling is tangible throughout the Fish Markets. Even on the auction floor (where silent, high tech Dutch bidding systems were introduced long ago), you can hear the bubbling sound of amicable banter.

Many agree that over the past few years, the face of the Sydney Fish Market has been changing. “It’s certainly become more touristy,” a shop keeper informs me. “Yes,” another agrees “it used to be a working market with customers coming in to buy fresh seafood. Now many more tourists come for lunch and a day out.”

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A RECENT STORY  IN NEWS LOCAL CENTRAL SYDNEY

SHOWS HOW BUSY THE FISH GETS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Merry Fishmas at Sydney Fish Market
LOCAL NEWS    14 DEC 11 @ 04:17PM BY JASSMYN GOH
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IF you think movie marathons are a long and arduous activity, the Sydney Fish Market is having its annual 36-hour seafood marathon with almost all of their retailers including their cafes, open for the entire event.
The marathon will run from 5am December 23rd – 5pm December 24th with an expected 100,000 customers.
“At the moment prices across the board are great value. By shopping here at Sydney Fish Market you get a wide range of seafood variety at competitive prices from any of our six seafood retailers,” said Gus Dannoun, SFM supply manager.
An estimated 90 tonnes of prawns and one million oysters will be sold during the event as their most popular items. Fish species in their peak season include the Atlantic Salmon, Tiger Flathead, Tropical and Goldband Snapper, and Bigeye Tuna.
However, shoppers will have difficulties finding wild Golden Perch, Leatherjacket, School Mackerel, and King Threadfin which are out of season. Shoppers are advised to bring an esky to keep their seafood fresh and will be able to store their seafood for up to 2-3 days at 0-4 degrees.
Along with seafood, bread, wine, fruit and veg, and deli products will be available for great last minute Christmas meal ideas or gifts.
Parking will be available at SFM and Sydney Secondary College, Blackwattle Bay Campus for a flat rate of $3 for two hours, enter via Pyrmont Bridge Road.
The Metro Light Rail will operate continuously to the SFM throughout the event and bus services 501 and 443 regularly depart from the city to the SFM.
For more information visit sydneyfishmarket.com.au

HISTORY

Company Overview

SFM is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s second largest seafood market in terms of variety outside of Japan. A working fish market, SFM sources product both nationally and internationally and trades over 14,500 tonnes of seafood annually – with up to a hundred species traded every day.

SFM employs approximately fifty-seven staff to organise the weekday wholesale auction, promote Sydney Fish Market as the centre of seafood excellence and operate the Sydney Seafood School.

Since opening in 1989, Sydney Seafood School has played an important part in persuading Sydney residents to eat more fish. The School is considered to be one of Australia’s leading cooking schools. Over 13,000 people come to classes each year.  Visit the SSS pages for more information or to book a class.

Onsite, SFM hosts six seafood retailers, a bottle shop, fruit and veg market, bakery, sushi bar, restaurants, gift shop and deli.

History

Until 1945, the marketing of fish in New South Wales was conducted by licensed fish agents operating out of Haymarket fish market, or by unlicensed operators elsewhere in the state.

In 1945, the New South Wales government amended the Fisheries and Oyster Farms Act to effectively cancel all licenses held by Sydney fish agents and transferred the marketing of fish in New South Wales to the Chief Secretary’s Department.  The Chief Secretary’s Department established a regulated market system and controlled the centralised market in Sydney until 1994.

At the same time, the marketing of fish in New South Wales outside Sydney was conducted through a number of fishermen’s cooperatives operating along the coastal areas of NSW.  1964 saw the formation of the Fish Marketing Authority, a new yet still state run body, which assumed responsibility for the conduct and management of SFM previously maintained by the Chief Secretary’s Department.

Two years later in 1966, SFM moved from the Haymarket area of Sydney to its current location at Blackwattle Bay, Pyrmont.  In those days, fish were sold using the labour intensive, traditional ‘voice’ auction system. This system saw buyers assemble outside the sales bay fence, where inside an assistant would hold up samples of fish from each box for buyers to bid until the highest price was reached.

Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd was formed on the 28 October 1994, when the NSW Government privatised the marketing of seafood. Since then two equal shareholders, the Catchers Trust and the Sydney Fish Market Tenants and Merchants Pty Ltd have jointly owned the company.  Shortly after the NSW State government deregulated fish marketing over a two-stage, five-year period, as legislated monopoly was not acceptable under private ownership.

The first stage of deregulation came in November 1997 when fishermen’s cooperatives were permitted to sell directly to Sydney buyers.  Total deregulation followed in November 1999, when New South Wales catchers could supply direct to any buyer in possession of a Fish Receiver’s Permit.  The result, SFM no longer holds a monopoly over the sale of seafood into the Sydney region.

SFM introduced a computerised Dutch auction in October 1989, dramatically evolving the way fish was to be sold.  Modelled on the ‘reverse’ auction system, which has been used for over 130 years to sell tulips in Amsterdam, SFM’s auctioneers set the price approximately $3 higher than the assumed market price.  The clock then winds down at a rate of $1 per revolution and the price drops until a buyer stops the clock by pressing a button.  The successful buyer then selects a number of crates from the ‘lot’. In February 2004, state-of-the-art digital video projectors were installed to enhance the auction clocks. These large screens face toward around 150 to 200 buyers each day.

Through this reverse auction system, SFM can now offer buyers the fastest and most efficient method of trading seafood, whilst still ensuring the best possible price in open competition. Approximately 1,000 crates or 20,000 kg of seafood are sold every hour during SFM auctions.  That’s an average of 2,700 crates, or 50 tonnes of fresh seafood, traded every day.

In 1989 SFM established the Sydney Seafood School. The School now attracts over 12,000 participants a year and hosts an enviable list of Australia’s finest guest chefs. In 2001, SFM launched its innovative new online-based seafood trading system, SFMlive that operates in addition to the Dutch auction.  SFMlive now provides traders with advanced facilities for direct online seafood sales including wild harvest, aquaculture and frozen products, taking fish trading to a new level.

SYDNEY FISH MARKET WHOLESALE MARKET

SIGN AT THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET

MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET

THE DEEP - SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AT THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET

POULOS BROTHERS RETAIL SEA FOOD SHOP

DE COSTI SEAFOOD - POPULAR RETAIL SEAFOOD SHOP

CLAUDIO'S SEAFOOD

CLAUDIOS SEAFOOD SINCE 1985 . ' if the fish was any fresher it would still be swimming '

A HUGE SELECTION OF SEAFOOD AT CLAUDIO'S SEAFOOD

CLAUDIOS SEAFOOD

MUSUMECI SEAFOOD - A RETAIL SEAFOOD SHOP

MUSUMECI SEAFOOD AN ABUNDANCE OF FRESH SEAFOOD

DOYLES SEAFOOD AT THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET

FISH MARKET CAFE - IN THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET

FISH MARKET CAFE

PETERS SEAFOOD

NICHOLAS SEAFOOD

NICHOLAS SEAFOOD - SO FRESH

NICHOLAS SEAFOOD

NICHOLAS SEAFOOD - READY TO EAT

NICHOLAS SEAFOOD DINING INSIDE OR OUTSIDE

SYDNEY FISH MARKET VARIOUS SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS

FLOWER MARKET SYDNEY FISH MARKET

GREGORY'S BREAD SHOP - SYDNEY FISH MARKET

BLACKWATTLE DELI - SYDNEY FISH MARKET

THE FRUIT CONNECTION - FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MARKET SYDNEY FISH MARKET

THE FRUIT CONNECTION - SYDNEY FISH MARKET

THE FRUIT CONNECTION - OUTSIDE SIGN

SYDNEY FISH MARKET DINING OUTSIDE

SYDNEY FISH MARKET

SMALL BOATS CAN DOCK AT THE FISH MARKET FOR SHORT PERIODS OF TIME

SANTA ROCCO DI BAGNARA SYDNEY LOCAL FISHING FLEET

FISHING FLEET AT SYDNEY FISH MARKET

FISHING FLEET AT SYDNEY FISH MARKET

THE TASMAN EXPLORER PART OF THE FISHING FLEET

SMALL FISHING BOAT AT THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET

SMALL BOAT BERTHED AT THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET

FISHING BOAT AT THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET

KIRRAWA A FISHING BOAT AT THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET

BOATS BERTED AT THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET

BILLBOARD AT THE SYDNEY FISH MARKET WITH PICTURES OF THE FISHING BOAT CAPTAINS

PHOTOS BY:

LEONARD EPSTEIN

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VIDEOS:

1)   Sydney Fish markets

http://www.tripfilms.com/Travel_Video-v63141-Sydney-Sydney_Fish_markets-Video.html

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2)   38: Sydney Fish Market

One Comment leave one →
  1. August 2, 2012 4:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thank you once again.

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