Stephen 'Tibby' Westaway

Sydney Fish Market Says Goodbye to Stephen 'Tibby' Westaway

The Sydney Fish Market (SFM) wholesale auction paused for a minute’s silence on Monday, 25 May to remember auctioneer and treasured friend Stephen George Westaway, known affectionately as ‘Tibby’. After a brave battle with cancer, Tibby passed away peacefully on Sunday, 24 May. He was 54 years of age.

Tibby was a much-loved character at SFM, highly regarded and respected by all who worked with him. Employed on 21 December 1984 as a Wheeler, Tibby commenced work on night duty, keen to make an impression and eager to learn. In 1991 he became an SFM Auctioneer, allowing him the perfect opportunity to combine his ladish and likeable personality with his fondness for a captive audience.

Renowned for his love of a joke, Tibby was a constant source of smiles and laughter amongst SFM Buyers and staff. Remembered for his trademark line “No fish tomorrow boys!” he would chat with anyone, his passion for the people and the organisation he worked for highlighted by the fact he rarely missed an SFM event. His fun-loving spirit was perfectly conveyed through his love of music - Tibby enjoyed a dance and could often be found singing the lyrics to songs by Robbie Williams and Frank Sinatra.

He was regarded by those who worked with him as a genuine person, someone who had a true passion for life. Throughout his fight with cancer, when asked how he was, his standard reply was “there are a lot of people worse off than I am” - testament to his positive outlook and determination to live life to the fullest.

Tibby was true a gentleman, with an immaculate dress sense and larger than life presence. Displaying an ever-present dedication and sense of loyalty to his mates, he regularly went beyond the call of duty to help out in any way that he could. While his endearing personality made him popular with everyone who encountered him, he loved nothing more than to spend time around loved ones... read more



Salvatore Puglisi

Seafood Industry Loses a Star of the Sea

The Australian Seafood Industry bode farewell to one of its stars in May, with the passing of Salvatore Puglisi. A true pioneer, ‘Tory’ as he was affectionately known, went from humble beginnings on the New South Wales South Coast to being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his outstanding services to the nation’s fishing industry.

Born on the island of Lipari, off the Southern Coast of Italy, Tory migrated to Australia as a 3 year old accompanied by his father, mother, five sisters and three brothers. Settling in Wollongong (via Woolloomooloo) Tory and his family faced significant challenges in dealing with the culture shock of moving to a country so far removed from what they were accustomed.

However, the fishing industry provided the family with an opportunity to establish themselves in their new country, and it wasn’t long before the Puglisi boys were making their mark on the burgeoning South Coast commercial fishing landscape. In the early years, the Puglisi’s fishing method of choice was set-lining, with the boys attempting to land Snapper using six lines.

In 1937, the family moved further down the coast to Ulladulla. It was here that the Puglisi family continued to expand their operation, with their fish much sought after by the Sydney market. The family continued to add to their fleet, building a Danish seine trawling vessel which assisted in increasing production in order to meet growing demand for their product.

It is in Ulladulla that Tory stayed, building his fishing business and increasingly playing a leadership role in the development of the industry in the region. One of his biggest achievements was his position as a foundation member and Director of the Ulladulla Fishermen’s Co-operative. Tory was later to become Chairman of the Co-operative, a position he proudly held for over twenty years... read more



SFM News

Yellowfin Tuna undergoes assessment by SFM staff

New Sashimi-Grading Scheme Deserves an A+

Sydney Fish Market (SFM) is thrilled to announce its new sashimi-grading scheme. An exciting upgrade to the existing process, the new scheme draws from Japanese sashimi-grading methodology, tailoring it to SFM conditions and the Australian market. The scheme will make sashimi-grading transparent and buying more efficient.

The new scheme is to be implemented in three stages. The first stage involves SFM providing Suppliers with feedback on their product and how it currently complies with the new scheme. Stage Two will be a four-week period where SFM’s Buyers will be educated on how sashimi product will be graded and what factors will determine grading. The final stage will involve replacing the existing voice auction of sashimi product with a newly devised method of sale using SFM’s Dutch auction clocks... read more


Market Pride® Seafood Chowder - New England Style

Market Pride® on Show!

In August 2008, Sydney Fish Market (SFM) launched Market Pride®, its range of restaurant quality, seafood meal options. The range primarily caters to consumers who seek quick, simple and delicious seafood meals, with products and accompanying serving suggestions created to appeal to culinary novices and devoted foodies alike.

The Market Pride® range was initially launched into seafood retailers throughout Sydney but as the range has evolved, so too has the variety of retailers clambering to carry the product. In addition to being available at all good seafood retailers, SFM is proud to announce that Market Pride® can also be found in an increasing number of Harris Farm Markets and IGA outlets in Sydney.

SFM is excited to announce that Market Pride® will be featured at the Good Food & Wine Show at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour this month. This event is expected to see more than 40,000 people through the doors between Friday, July 3 and Sunday, July 5. The show will be buzzing with over 300 exhibitors showcasing the very best of Australian food, cooking accessories and equipment, as well as appearances by internationally renowned chef Gordon Ramsey who will be cooking up a storm in the LG Celebrity Theatre... read more

One of Sydney Seafood School's delicious creations

«Sydney Seafood School Gets a Makeover for its 20th Birthday

From fish to fancy furnishings, Sydney Seafood School is keeping it fresh! In celebration of its 20th anniversary in November this year, the School will undergo a major refurbishment.

Sydney Seafood School, established in 1989 and regarded as one of the top cooking schools in Australia, has decided it is time to give its food-savvy guests a truly classy silver service. Michael McCann, of Dreamtime Australia Design, has created the School’s contemporary new look. Michael has designed some of Sydney’s top restaurants and bars including The Argyle, Flying Fish Restaurant and Bar and Bavarian Bier Café. In conjunction with Roberta Muir, Sydney Seafood School Manager, and feedback gathered from thousands of customer surveys, Michael has designed a spectacular, innovative experience.

“Sydney Seafood School classes see over 12,000 local, interstate and overseas foodies each year eager to learn how to cook sumptuous seafood recipes. The refurbishment will be a facelift that ensures all our guests are presented with a tasteful, sophisticated experience” said Roberta Muir... read more



The Tide to Table team

OceanWatch Australia - July 2009 Update

SeaNet is back!

Early 2009 was a busy time for the OceanWatch Australia (OWA) team, with the return of the national SeaNet program, following an $800k grant from the Australian Government.

After 10 successful years of award-winning environmental extension service to the Australian Seafood Industry, the SeaNet program was frozen in 2008. Following a strong lobbying campaign by industry, the Federal Government awarded OWA a further year’s funding, and SeaNet is back.     

SeaNet works directly with fishers to provide information and advice on improved fishing gear, technology and fishing methods, as well as practical assistance to improve the environmental performance of the industry in a manner that allows them to remain internationally competitive...
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