Welcome to the July issue of SFM News

Seafood Excellence Awards Nominations are Open

The search for the best the seafood industry has to offer is underway.

The Seafood Excellence Awards were launched on Wednesday 27th May with a BBQ breakfast at the morning’s auction.

The biannual event is NSW’s premier seafood event, paying tribute to the best our industry has to offer.

While nominations for People’s Choice categories have now closed, nominations for the six industry judged awards will be accepted until 17th July, 2015.

The categories are:
  • Excellence in Environmental Practice
  • Best Supplier (NSW)
  • Best Supplier (Interstate or Overseas)
  • Best Seafood Retailer (NSW)
  • Seafood Business Award
  • Star of the Sea
SMS voting for the three People’s Choice awards are open with the prize awarded based on the highest number of SMS votes received by the general public.

View the participating outlets here and cast your vote. One lucky voter from each of the three categories will win a $260 Sydney Seafood School voucher just for voting.
For further information on the awards, please visit seafoodexcellenceawards.com.au

Unveiling of Local Fishing Fleet Sign

Sydney Fish Market has paid homage to the local Sydney Fishing Fleet with a new sign installed at the entrance to the SFM fishing wharf.

The new sign puts the spotlight on the original families and their involvement in the establishment of the fishing fleet.

Three generations were present at the April 17th unveiling including founding members Diego Bagnato, Vincenzo Bagnato, Salvatore Bagnato, and Antonio Ianni.

The Future of Sydney Fish Market

Following the government’s announcement of the Bays Precinct Urban Transformation Project in July 2014, SFM has been working closely with UrbanGrowth NSW, the State agency responsible for the Bays Precinct, to ensure that our vision for the future of the site is incorporated into the transformation plan for the whole of the Bays Precinct.

Sydney Fish Market promises to be a lynchpin element of how the Precinct develops. The Market is a critical landmark that will act as a linking point between Darling Harbour, Pyrmont and the Bays Precinct.

We would like to see a new fish market that reflects the history and tradition of the harbour and professional fishing while maximising the public’s exposure to harbour views and waterfront access. Wooden boardwalks and piers, industrial-style bolts and beams but reimagined for modern Sydney. Most importantly, we want Sydney Fish Market to maintain its authenticity as a working wholesale market and fishing port.

We are interested in your thoughts and ideas for the new Sydney Fish Market. View “Our Vision” presentation and video here and let us know what you think.

During July and August, SFM General Manager Bryan Skepper will be travelling the NSW coast to visit NSW fishing cooperatives to brief fishers on SFM’s vision for redevelopment and seek their suggestions.

Harris Community Scholarship Fund Breakfast

As part of our commitment to the local community, Sydney Fish Market is proud to be the principal sponsor of the Harris Community Scholarship Fund (HCSF) which provides educational scholarships to local children at Ultimo Primary School as they move into high school and beyond to university or TAFE.

A group of scholarship recipients and their parents recently joined SFM for a special Behind the Scenes tour followed by a breakfast in Sydney Seafood School.

Not only was it a great opportunity for our staff to hear how each had benefited from the scholarship, but it also gave the recipients a chance to share success stories and offer encouragement and support for each other.

In attendance were Ryan Gu, Alan Chen, Samiksha Shrivastava and her father, and current awardee Dylan Waldron and his parents.

PFA Goes Social

Launched on 6th March this year, the Professional Fishermen’s Association Facebook page was set up to share information with those involved in commercial fishing and to educate and foster support from those who have an interest in the industry.

Sydney Fish Market has part-funded a Facebook advertising campaign to help the PFA’s posts about sustainability reach a wider public audience.

The page currently has 2,879 ‘likes’ and there has been high levels of engagement, with one post being seen by over 21,000 people. Several posts have generated some lively debate providing a platform for the PFA and its members to promote the science and regulations within which our industry operates.

We encourage you all to like the PFA Facebook page and share your positive experience so that we can extend the reach of information posted.

Sydney Seafood School Winter Offer

Have fun with our great group discount.

Catching up with family and friends over a shared meal and glass of wine is always fun – but at home there’s all that preparation and cleaning up, while settling on a restaurant that suits everyone’s taste and budget can prove tricky too.

This winter we make fuss-free social get-togethers easy with our Book-for-6-Pay-for-4 Group Discount*. So six people can have a great night out from just $360.

Sydney Seafood School classes include:
  • Demonstration by a leading chef or seafood educator
  • Hands-on cooking session
  • Seafood meal with wine tasting
  • Parking
  • Sydney Seafood School apron & recipe kit to take home
Browse our program of upcoming classes here.

* to claim a group discount you must book by phone during office hours and mention it at time of booking – discounts cannot be applied retrospectively

SFM Becomes Part of the Ultimo-Pyrmont Sustainable Precinct

SFM’s commitment to continuous improvement in the environmental sustainability of all of our activities, in particular our EPS program, has resulted in SFM being included in the Smart Locale Ultimo-Pyrmont Sustainable Precinct.

The Smart Locale model leverages collaboration to efficiently and cost-effectively create better places to live, work, learn, visit, and to invest and do business in. The Ultimo-Pyrmont Sustainable Precinct is the first in the program and explores the dynamic integration of environmental sustainability and heritage values into the social and economic fabric of the target community.

The SFM EPS program involves the breakdown and recycling of polystyrene boxes and results in about 85 tonnes of polystyrene boxes diverted from landfill each year.

Threats to our Marine Environment

Professional fishers, environmentalists and Australian governments all agree; our estuaries and oceans deserve to be managed to protect their incredible natural beauty and so they can continue to provide nutritious food for many generations to come.

But not everyone agrees on what the major threats to the marine environment are, or the best ways of providing protection against these threats.

A new, landmark scientific report by Emeritus Professor Robert Kearney and Senior Research Fellow Dr Graham Farebrother demonstrates that the threats to our estuaries and oceans needing urgent attention are much broader than professional or recreational fishing.

Click here for a summary of the report. You may be surprised at the results.

National Seafood Industry Leadership Program Sydney Residential

Sydney Fish Market recently played host to the second residential of the 2015 National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP).

Participants in the program enjoyed an early morning tour of Sydney Fish Market’s wholesale auction, a tour of De Costi Seafoods and a presentation by SFM Corporate Social Responsibility & External Relations Manager Stephanie Williams on using social media.

The highlight of the residential was a special Sydney Seafood School class and dinner for the participants and special guests including previous NSLIP graduates and senior seafood industry representatives.

Are you following us?

If you’re not already following us on social media, maybe it’s time for a social catchup? Like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter or find us on Instagram and we’ll keep you up to date with all things seafood, including recipes, competitions, retailers’ weekly specials and special SFM activities and events.

Staff news

Sally McIntosh

A belated welcome to Sally McIntosh (pictured) who joined SFM earlier this year as the administrative assistant. Sally previously managed administrative tasks at a before and after school care centre so has been able to apply her existing skills to the role. Sally is enjoying her work at SFM and is loving being surrounded by seafood.  You’ll often find her walking through the market looking to sample all the delicious seafood for lunch.

Felipe Henriquez

SFM welcomes Felipe Henriquez (pictured) who has joined SFM as the new QA Supervisor. Felipe has a Master’s Degree in Aquaculture and has worked as a fisheries and aquaculture inspector back in his home country Chile, making him a perfect addition to the SFM team.  He is looking forward to his new role at SFM working in a larger and busier fish market.

Philip Murphy

Proving to be a flexible team player, Phillip Murphy (pictured) has made the move to the market floor and has been appointed WHS and QA officer.  Phillip joined SFM as a contract WHS Officer and has been with the company for 2 years. With his existing SFM knowledge Phillip aims to drive high standards in food safety and encourage a safe working environment on the market floor. We wish Phillip all the best in his new role.

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