A Christmas message from general manager Bryan Skepper


As the eighteenth annual 36-hour Seafood Marathon fast approaches, I’d like to wish all of our suppliers, buyers, tenants, customers, staff and fishing industry friends a very Merry Christmas.

It’s been a fantastic year at the market, with a record net profit after tax for the 2012/13 financial year, the completion of a number of site projects including the new auction floor, an upgrade to the carpark operating system and an expanded polystyrene (EPS) compactor that will divert over 58 tonnes of polystyrene from landfill annually. We were also thrilled to receive Development Approval for the boardwalk redevelopment. While this did not come through in time to have the project completed before Christmas trading, we look forward to breaking ground in 2014.
 
This year, Sydney Fish Market also adopted a new corporate mission and comprehensive corporate social responsibility strategy. This was capped off with the revision of the company’s sustainability principles that commit SFM to operating our business in a manner to ensure a sustainable supply of seafood for generations to come.
 
We’ve had a busy year of onsite events including the Sydney Fish Market Seafood Excellence Awards which was a glamorous affair held in the Sydney Seafood School. We were also proud to have hosted what could have been the world’s first movie screening in a fish market auction hall for the NSW premiere of Drawing The Line
 
Thank you to everyone involved in this year’s activities and all the best for the year to come. Wishing you all a merry and seafood-filled Christmas and a happy New Year!

Countdown to the 2013 36-Hour Seafood Marathon


It’s going to be a huge celebration of seafood at SFM this festive season, with the last weekend before always Christmas guaranteed to be busy (especially if the sun’s out!), followed immediately by the 36-hour Seafood Marathon which kicks off at 5.30am on Monday, 23 December.
More than 100,000 shoppers are expected to hit the market to take advantage of the round-the-clock trading which continues until 5pm on Christmas Eve (Tuesday, 24 December) to stock up on seafood and other produce.
 
Sydney Fish Market’s littlest shoppers are in for a Christmas treat with Santa Claus making his arrival at Sydney Fish Market by fishing boat to mark the first day of the  36-hour Seafood Marathon. Santa and one of his elf helpers will arrive at the site’s wharf at midday on Monday December 23rd on one of the local boats Mabel II.
 
Additional parking will be available from 21 – 24 December at Sydney Secondary College (just a short walk from SFM) but the best way to get to the market during this extra-busy period will be to catch public transport. The Metro Light Rail will operate continuously to the ‘Fish Market’ stop throughout the 36-Hour trade.
 
Just remember to time your run because this year’s marathon is going to be even longer than usual.

Christmas & New Year Auctions

 
A reminder to all buyers that a special SFM wholesale auction will be held on Saturday, 21 December (from 4.30am), and the last auction before Christmas will be on Monday, 23 December (from 4.30am).
Auctions will re-commence on Friday, 27 December and there will be an auction on New Year’s Eve (Tuesday, 31 December – from 4.30am).
 
There will NOT be an auction on Christmas Eve (Tuesday, 24 December), Christmas Day (Wednesday, 25 December), Boxing Day (Thursday, 26 December), or New Year’s Day (Wednesday, 1 January).
 
Normal trading will resume on Thursday, 2 January.

Lucky winner enjoys a shopping spree with Pete Evans at SFM

 
It's going to be a very seafoodie Christmas this year for Lisa Bunsell from Castle Hill, the lucky grand prize winner of the SFM/Mix 106.5 Pete Evans experience.
Lisa won $600 in SFM vouchers and got to join celebrity chef Pete Evans for a very special personalised SFM shopping adventure on Thursday, 12 December. Lisa, along with her mother Chris and friend Gail, spent the morning at SFM stocking up for the ultimate seafood feast, with Pete sharing plenty of festive seafood tips and inspiration. Pete helped the trio plan a delicious Christmas menu that will include mouthwatering seafood dishes such as baked Ocean Trout with a Moroccan inspired seasoning, chorizo and squid Brocheta with chipotle aioli and oysters with a Yuzu dressing. We'll be sharing some of Pete's tips on Facebook in the lead up to Christmas so be sure to keep an eye out! 

Shave the Mane raises over $49,000 for MS Australia


The twelfth annual 'Shave The Mane' charity event hosted at SFM in November was once again a tremendous success, with this year’s event raising a grand total of $49,409.
 
Thanks and congratulations to the buyers and members of the public for their generous contributions, and to buyer Andrew Notaras for again sacrificing his trademark locks in the name of charity. A freshly shorn Andrew is pictured above presenting a cheque to representatives from this year’s chosen charity Multiple Sclerosis Australia to help aid in their efforts to research and find a cure for this debilitating disease. 

SFM’s Firefighting Hero


Costa Adams, a member of the Custodian Protective Services team at Sydney Fish Market recently traded in his security uniform for that of the NSW Rural Fire Service to assist as a helicopter pilot during NSW’s devastating October bushfires.

Costa acted in the highly stressful role of aerial firefighting as he battled the heat to collect and dump 3.5 tonne buckets of water onto the fires.

Costa was predominantly based in the Blue Mountains region during the bushfires where he said he witnessed some incredible examples of human spirit.

We were meeting people who had lost everything; their homes and all of their belongings yet they were fussing over us making sure we had a cup of tea and something to eat,” says Costa.

Costa says he was glad he was able to help but that he believes the volunteer fire-fighters on the ground are the real heroes. All we can say is that Costa is a hero to us and we are happy to have him back safe and sound. 

The perfect gift for the seafoodie in your life


If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a seafoodie friend or family member, Sydney Seafood School has the solution.
 
Gift vouchers for hands-on cooking classes at Sydney Seafood School are conveniently available for download from the SFM website. The fantastic Sydney Seafood School Cookbook, full of seafood tips and delicious recipes from some of Australia’s leading chefs, can also be purchased from the site.
 
Better still, if you purchase a gift certificate worth $85 or more and the cookbook at the same time, you’ll get the book for just $39.98 (normally $49.98).
 
With over 200 classes a year, covering everything from sizzling barbecues to perfect paellas, from basic seafood preparation to weekend workshops with leading chefs (including Christine Manfield, Mark Best and Giovanni Pilu, to name a few), there's something to suit every taste and skill level.
 
The full program of upcoming classes is available to view here.

Movie night at SFM


SFM’s auction hall screening of the documentary Drawing The Line on World Fisheries Day (21 November) drew a full capacity and continues to attract plenty of social media discussion, raising awareness of key issues facing the Australian commercial seafood industry.
 
Drawing The Line is the brainchild of Karumba-based professional fisherman Bruce Davey, who wanted to tell the story of fishers across the country, and give them, their families and communities a voice in the broader debate on the marine park legislation. The film also draws on Australia’s pre-eminent marine scientists to add common sense and credence to the discussion.
 
The film was shown on SFM’s auction screen as product was being loaded onto the floor for the next morning’s auction, and was followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and a panel of seafood industry experts.
 
Over $1000 was raised from ticket sales with all proceeds going to OceanWatch Australia – a national not-for-profit environmental company that works to advance sustainability in the Australian seafood industry. 

Watch the trailer or download the film here: www.drawingthelinemovie.com
 
Help promote the film and join the conversation:
www.facebook.com/drawingthelinefilm
www.youtube.com/drawingthelinefilm
www.twitter.com/DTLfilm

Staff news

Welcome Nora!
Having proved to be both flexible and efficient, contractor Nora Kovacs was recently offered a permanent role at Sydney Fish Market. Nora Kovacs joined SFM as a contractor in May 2013 to assist the Corporate Social Responsibility department with organising the Seafood Excellence Awards. Since then Nora has acted in a relief function as personal assistant to the general manager before taking up the permanent role as property & administration executive. 
Welcome Alex!
Sydney Fish Market is also pleased to welcome on board our new Customer Service Representative Alex Stollznow. Alex joined Sydney Fish Market in early November and will also be acting as the guide for the Behind The Scenes tours. A keen recreational fisherman, Alex says the most exciting thing for him about working at Sydney Fish Market is getting to investigate the incredible array of fish and other seafood species at the auction each morning. 
Welcome back Paul!
We are also thrilled to welcome back Paul Ferrabetta, who has replaced Rebecca Bourne as Sydney Fish Market’s credit manager. Paul is well known by Sydney Fish Market staff having previously served a 33 year tenure as at the market before retiring from his role as Finance Manager in June 2012. After enjoying 18 months of travel and working around the house, Paul accepted the offer to return to Sydney Fish Market. Paul says he missed the people and having returned, is most enjoying the interaction with the site’s buyers.
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