Welcome to the September issue of SFM News

Seafood Excellence Awards

Heralded as “one of the best”, the 2015 Seafood Excellence Awards has recognised and rewarded the seafood industry’s top achievers.

Held on Thursday 27th August at Sydney Seafood School, the Awards were presented across nine key categories including three People’s Choice Awards.

Each award was judged by a panel of industry experts against a set of specific criteria to determine the winners. In recognition of the exceptionally high standard of nominations this year, a series of highly commended awards were also presented.
People’s Choice Award winners were determined by a SMS voting system with the businesses receiving the most number of votes declared the winner.

Congratulations to all the winners.

SFM would like to thank the sponsors, industry judges, and suppliers who supported and contributed to the Awards for 2015.

View the night’s festivities here.


Blessing of the Fleet

Sydney Fish Market and Association Bagnara Calabra Sydney are hosting a day of family-friendly activities to celebrate the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday, 27th September.

The ceremony continues the centuries old Mediterranean tradition where fishers receive a blessing from the local priest to ensure a safe and bountiful season. The Blessing and the procession of the Madonna S.S Maria Di Portosalvo Sydney will commence at 10:30am.

A live band, ‘Xpresso’, featuring Alfredo Malabello, Chris Ninni (The Voice), Natalie Colavito (X-Factor) and more will perform on a floating stage moored in the front of the boardwalk from 12pm – 4pm. There will also be family friendly activities including face painting, a seafood demonstration and the hotly contested spaghetti eating competition.


SFM’s recommendations to the Structural Adjustment Review Committee (SARC)

SFM has submitted its comment on the on the draft recommendations of the Structural Adjustment Review Committee (SARC).

Due to the complexity and importance of the proposed NSW fishing industry reforms, SFM engaged Associate Professor Daryl McPhee to undertake a review of the recommendations and the potential impact on SFM’s supply.

SFM supports the recommendations from Associate Professor McPhee. Copies of McPhee’s report are available on request.

In addition, the NSW Seafood Industry Council engaged Saul Chartered Accountants to review the draft SARC recommendations and their likely impact on fishing businesses in NSW. This was undertaken via data collection, survey, case studies and interviews of fishing businesses and others.

In many ways the recommendations from the two studies touch on similar issues and are consistent with the submission lodged by SFM during the previous round of consultation, in particular:
  • That government provide interest free (or low interest) structural adjustment loans to assist fishing businesses wishing to remain in the industry;
  • Removing uncertainty:
    • Costs to be borne by individual fishing businesses need to be estimated as a matter of priority;
    • Publishing the criteria to be used by the Independent Allocation Panel, which should be separate from the Total Allowable Catch Committee;
  • Supporting cooperatives to adjust;
  • Establishment of a lease market at the appropriate time;
  • Building trust/sharing risk between industry and managers

Environmental Grant

Sydney Fish Market is committed to sound environmental management. As a company we actively seek to both minimise the impact of our activities and operations, while supporting and promoting sustainable practices at every stage of the seafood supply chain. We are proud to offer an annual grant of up to AU$10,000 to adopt better fishing practices. This grant is available to an individual or group of fishers/aquaculturists who are active suppliers to Sydney Fish Market.

For further information contact Stephanie Williams, SFM Corporate Social Responsibility & External Relations Manager at stephaniew@sydneyfishmarket.com.au or (02) 9004 1110.

Seafood Retailers Network

The next instalment in this exciting initiative for Australian seafood retailers is going to be held in Melbourne from Sunday 11th October 2015 to Monday 12th October 2015.

The theme for the October 2015 network is: BE BOLD, BE BRAVE, BE DIFFERENT!

Retailers will start the network adventure with a dinner where they can meet other like-minded retailers in a relaxed setting. The next day retailers may elect to attend an optional tour where they will be part of a personalised tour of the Melbourne Seafood Centre and get to view the wholesale trade facility. After the tour there will be a Q&A session with seafood retailer Con Panayides. Con will talk about his experiences as a seafood retailer and what led him to make his own television program, ‘The Australian Seafood Show’ which aired for its first season on Channel 31. Con is currently filming season two which will be aired on the Aurora channel on Foxtel later in the year.

Following this tour, there will be a series of thought-provoking workshops. These include:

Retailer Renovations at Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Market has been a hive of building activity over the last few months with many of our retailers undergoing refurbishments.

Purchased by John Jefferson in December 2014, Peter’s Sydney Fish Market put the store through a major renovation over the last few months. Gone is the iconic, yet leaking, blue boat and in with new lighting tracks, tiles and bench tops. Live tanks and new seating have been installed and a new oyster shucking bar is soon to come. The kitchen has also doubled in size and now features a buffet style set up.

Gregory’s Bakery has also undergone a dramatic facelift and now presents a modern front. Although SFM staff are missing the old cheese and bacon rolls, customers are enjoying the new boutique breads and speciality coffees.

Christie’s Seafoods’ walls are gleaming with new paint, while Fish Market Café has extended its service counter to cater for the morning coffee rush and colourful sushi display.

Redevelopment Industry Consultation

Last month SFM General Manager Bryan Skepper and staff travelled the NSW coast visiting fishing cooperatives to brief fishers on SFM’s vision for redevelopment, outline the process and seek their suggestions. Thank you to those who attended the briefings. The roadshow also provided an opportunity to meet with regional MPs and media to brief them on the redevelopment plans.

The roadshow also provided an opportunity to meet with regional MPs and media to brief them on the redevelopment plans.

SFM was pleased to have received a favourable response from those we met with and has committed to regular roadshows to keep the Catching Sector informed throughout the process.

SFM is currently preparing its functional requirements brief which will form the basis of a project delivery agreement leading to an open and transparent tender process.

SFM welcomes any suggestions you may have for the future of the site which can be submitted via our online survey or by emailing SFM CSR & External Relations Manager Stephanie Williams – stephaniew@sydneyfishmarket.com.au.


This weekend marks two significant anniversaries at Sydney Fish Market.

Claudio’s Quality Seafood hits the 30 year milestone. An institution at Sydney Fish Market, Claudio’s has grown considerably over the last 30 years employing over sixty staff, selling more than one hundred species and supplying seafood to over 250 restaurants across Sydney.

SFM newcomer, Vic’s Meat Market will be celebrating their 1st birthday and to mark the occasion have invited you to join them for weekend of birthday activities.

It will kick off early for the kids with entertainment – Eddy Spaghetti & food just for them, followed by a live band, ABC of Swing Quartet throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Some lucky customers will receive birthday presents throughout the day. There will be birthday cake on offer plus the usual to-die-for delights off Kong, the BBQ smoker. 

In the coolroom, Vic’s have invited their closest farmer partners to provide customers with samples and education on what goes into the farming and production of the quality meat Vic’s Meat Market famous for. Plus massive birthday savings across a lot of items throughout the week leading up and into the weekend. 

Ag Vision

In July 700 NSW Public School students attended the Royal Agriculture Society of NSW’s ‘AgVision’, a one-day agricultural careers expo designed to inform students and educators about cultivating careers in agriculture, science and agri-business.

The students, from Years 9-11, had the opportunity to learn from industry experts by a series of attending hands on workshops.

Sydney Seafood School presenter, Brigid Treloar, showcased seafood by conducting a seafood ID session as well as cooking demonstrations of salt and pepper squid for students and teachers.

OceanWatch Chair Brad Warren also took part describing his background as a professional fisherman in the NSW Prawn Trawl, Estuary General and Eastern Rock Lobster Fisheries and his work as Chair of OceanWatch. The OceanWatch facilitated workshops titled "Working on Water" were a little different to the majority of presentations that focused on agricultural related careers.

Brad used various props including a commercial eastern rock lobster pot and model Prawn trawler to demonstrate the day to day activities of a professional fisherman, just one of the career opportunities available in the seafood industry.

In Memoriam

Charles “Charlie” Heynatz. Passed 8 July, 2015 aged 88
Born in 1926, Charlie was one of the first to trawl for prawns out of Ballina in 1947 and owned trawlers right up until 2001. He further cemented himself in history, aiding in the towing of the Las Balas rafts across the Richmond River bar in 1973.

Frank Roberts. Passed 16th September, 2015 aged 82
A pioneer in prawn aquaculture, Frank established Tru Blu Prawns in 1984 converting his 40h sugarcane farm into a prawn farm. Located in Palmer’s Island, Yamba, it is the longest operating Tiger Prawn farm in Australia. Frank and his family have been supplying Black Tiger Prawns to Sydney Fish Market for over 30 years.
A memorial service for Frank will be held at Yamba Golf Club on Thursday 24th September, 2015.

Dragoljub Ristovski. Passed 17th September, 2015 aged 67
Born in Macedonia, Dragoljub immigrated to Australia in 1971 before setting up Yugo Seafoods in 1990. Starting with a small stand at Flemington Market, Dragoljub, with sons Tony and Alecsander, grew the business into a chain of seafood retail outlets and a wholesale store at Sydney Fish Market.

Staff news

HR Training

Congratulations to Louise Morrison (pictured) who recently completed her Certificate IV in Human Resources. In addition to her accounts role Louise will now also be looking after SFM’s day to day transactional HR functions and has the new title of HR and Finance.

Brad Salvador

With the restructure of the site operations team, former SFM maintenance officer Brad Salvador (pictured) has joined contractors Savills in the position of Facilities Manager. Brad will continue to look after maintenance and engineering operation on the site.

Long serving staff

It is not only our tenants celebrating anniversaries at this time. SFM congratulates the following staff on their milestone years of service and thanks them for their long standing contribution to the organisation.
Stephen Annesley (Auctioneer) – 30 yrs of service
Rodney Lester (Cashier) – 25 yrs of service
Chris Woodward (IT) – 20 yrs of service
David Ridge (IT) – 5 yrs of service
Erin Sullivan (CSR/Marketing) – 5 yrs of service

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