Welcome to the July issue of SFM News

SFM Redevelopment News

On Sunday 25th June, Sydney Fish Market welcomed NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to the site to announce that 3XN Architects, in partnership with its innovation unit GXN, had been awarded the architectural contract to design the new $250m Sydney Fish Market at the head of Blackwattle Bay.

The design brief is to rejuvenate Sydney Fish Market and create a world class food and dining destination that will be dynamic, sustainable, and sympathetic to the local area. The design will modernise and improve the site whilst recognising its longstanding heritage and retaining the authentic experience that attracts customers and visitors.

The tendering process attracted over 60 registrations of interest from Australian and international design studios.

UrbanGrowth NSW expects to have a draft design released for public comment later in the year and aims to commence construction in late 2018.

About 3XN
3XN Architects is a Copenhagen-based studio with more than 30 years’ experience. Among 3XNs high profile projects are The Blue Planet (National Aquarium) (2013), Royal Arena (2017), in Copenhagen, Museum of Liverpool (2011), Quay Quarter Tower (2020) in Sydney. 3XN have had a presence in Sydney for more than three years and the Sydney Fish Market is the company’s third project in the city. Visit 3XN.

Seafood Excellence Awards – Finalists announced

The 2017 Sydney Fish Market Seafood Excellence Awards will be held in Sydney Seafood School on Thursday 20 July.

This exclusive, invitation only evening is the premier seafood event in New South Wales, welcoming the industry’s top players, including commercial fishers and aquaculturists, retailers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurateurs as well as key government and environmental agencies, media, and gastronomes.

Congratulations to this year's finalists!
Matt Broadhurst
Pyrmont Trawl Fleet
Sea Urchin Harvest Pty Ltd
Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-Operative Ltd
Commercial Fishermen’s Co-Operative Ltd
Wallis Lake Fishermen’s Co-Operative
Moana New Zealand Trading as OPC
Cleanseas Seafood Ltd
Walker Seafoods Australia
Finestkind Ltd
Commercial Fishermen’s Co-Operative Ltd
Darrons Seafood Pty Ltd
Pittwater Seafood Mona Vale
Claudio’s Quality Seafoods
De Costi Seafoods
Peter’s Fish Market
Manly Fish Café
Fish Café Balgowlah
Balkan De Spot Seafood Restaurant
Avoca Beach Seafoods
Terrigal Beach Fish & Chip Co
Pelican Rocks Café
Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-Operative Ltd
Commercial Fishermen’s Co-Operative Ltd
Peter Manettas Seafood Pty Ltd
Professional Fishermen’s Association
Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd

Directors of Seafood Industry Australia L-R: Chauncey Hammond, Marshall Betzel, Belinda Wilson, Mark Ryan, Veronica Papacosta, Dennis Holder and Marcus Stehr.

Seafood Industry Australia Launch

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) officially launched on Friday 9 June at a lunch event in Adelaide attended by nearly 100 guests consisting of industry representatives, political leaders and media.

SIA was formed after almost 100 industry businesses and associations voluntarily pledged over $640,000 which enabled the launch of the national peak body that will serve the wild catch, aquaculture and post-harvest sectors.

The formation of SIA was aided by the unwavering support from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston and a contribution of $500,000 in grants from the Australian Government.

The first Members Advisory Forum for SIA was held in Hobart in June. The first of many sessions allowed members to discuss and contribute to the formation of strategies for SIA to implement.

More information is available on the SIA site at www.seafoodindustryaustralia.com.au.

Suzie McEnallay, Noel Gogerly and Greg Parker.

Wallis Lake Fishermen’s Co-Op 70th Anniversary

The Wallis Lake Fishermen’s Co-operative celebrated its 70th anniversary on Saturday 27th May with a black-tie dinner in Tuncurry and an acknowledgement to fishers both past and present.

Representatives from SFM headed north to join fishermen past and present for a dinner held at Tuncurry Beach Bowling where they reminisced about the old times and reflected on the changes that the industry has seen over the years. 

The co-op was established on May 27, 1947 as the voice of the Great Lakes’ fishermen.

During the evening the co-op acknowledged the three members who have played key roles during the past seven decades.

Noel Gogerly was given a Board of Directors Recognition for 33 years as a director with 25 continuous years as chairman.

James Stumpy Elliott was presented with a Shareholder Acknowledgement for 64 years of co-op membership – the longest co-op membership on record. 

Barry Murray was presented with an Employee Appreciation for 39 years of continual employment. Barry started his first shift at the co-op on November 6, 1978 as a shed packer and is still employed today.

Congratulations to the Wallis Lakes Fishermen’s Co-operative on achieving this milestone and wishing you all the success for many years to come. 

Support the seafood industry into the future

Sponsor Seafood Directions 2017 and align your business with an innovative conference that will explore ground-breaking new technology, research and ideas that will shape our industry for years to come.

What will you get from your sponsorship?

  • Exposure to a large local and national audience before, during and after the meeting
  • Opportunities to raise your company profile amongst an invaluable target audience
  • Recognition of your organisation’s support of the seafood industry
  • Countless networking opportunities with industry professionals
  • Showcase your products and services to an audience made up of current and potential clients

Exhibitor opportunities are also available. Seafood Directions 2017 attracts a qualified target audience of suppliers in post-harvest businesses, equipment suppliers, wholesalers, distributors, processors, food service companies and retailers. Exhibit at Seafood Directions 2017 to connect with the industries key decision makers.

For all sponsorship enquiries contact:
Seafood Directions Conference Secretariat
Email: seafooddirections2017@theassociationspecialists.com.au
Phone: +61 2 9431 8600

Geoff Donaghy, Lyn Lewis Smith, Bryan Skepper and Sandy Olsen.

Committee for Sydney Regional Produce and the City Event

On 8th June Bryan Skepper joined a panel of industry leaders for Committee for Sydney’s Regional Produce and the City event, held at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney).  

The focus of the night was the relationship between Sydney and regional NSW and the contributions of the regional areas in the face of increasing urbanisation.

Guests were treated to a NSW focussed food and wine experience which lead to the panel discussion on the importance of State-wide collaboration to position Sydney as one of the world’s leading business and tourism destinations, while simultaneously supporting regional NSW. Bryan provided insight into the value and contributions of NSW fishers to the State economy.

Other panellists included Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, Lyn Lewis-Smith CEO of Business Events Sydney, Kyle Loades, President of The National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) and Sandy Olsen, Vice President Corporate Affairs of Carnival Australia.

Little River Fishing Boat Back on the Water

The Little River fishing boat is back in the hands of the Saul family and has undergone a major refit. The original boat was commissioned to be built by the Saul family in 1974 by Mclaren’s in Ballina. 

Once built, Little River moved from Ballina to Evans Head where the family operated as commercial fishers for 11 years. At that time the family believed that the commercial fishing industry was unstable subject to overfishing. The family decided to leave the industry and sell the boat.

In 2013 commercial fisheries stocks in NSW we declared sustainable which prompted David start a search to track down the boat. Not long after finding Little River, he decided to purchase the boat and commenced a major restoration project to bring the boat back to its former glory. 

Little River has been fitted with modern electronics but has had a steering wheel installed that came from a WWII boat that belonged to the family. 

Work completed in early May and Little River returned to fishing 23rd May.
The Little River crew have proudly employed the first female deckhand in Yamba. The new recruit is currently studying her Master Class V Certificate and has indicated a strong desire to eventually skipper a vessel.

A model of the Little River can be viewed in the stairwell of SFM.

Australian Fish And Chips Awards

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation in partnership with the state and territory fishing industry councils is looking for Australia’s best fish and chips.

The FRDC are coordinating the national judging of the Australian Fish & Chips Awards. This year, a new on-line system for judging is being utilised. The National Fish and Chip Award will be presented as part of the National Seafood Industry Awards and Seafood Directions Conference. Each state and territory have different closing dates for their state awards, however the National People’s Choice Fish and Chips Award will stay open until the 11th of September.

For more information and to vote go to www.fishandchipsawards.com.au/vote

Gail Richey Queens Birthday Honours

With over 30 years of contributions to the seafood industry, Gail Richey was this year named in the Queen's Birthday honours list. Her achievements are extensive and span across many fisheries, the public sector and scientific institutions.

Gail started working for the Federal Government in the Australian Fisheries Service in 1984 then established her own consultancy, Trawline in 1989. She then went on become a board member of the University of Tasmania’s Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute between 2005 and 2009 and was the inaugural executive officer of the Commonwealth Fisheries Association for more than a decade after helping to establish the body in 2002.

Congratulations Gail and thank you for your service to the fishing and aquaculture industry and particularly for your work in promoting environmental awareness.

Brad Warren breaking bread with a lucky punter at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Farewell Brad Warren from OceanWatch

SFM wishes a warm farewell to Brad Warren as he leaves his post as Executive Director of OceanWatch Australia. Brad served as OceanWatch Director since 2003 and became a member of staff in 2008. 

In 2015, Brad was awarded Star of the Sea Award at the Seafood Excellence Awards for his role as an ambassador for the seafood industry and significant contributions to the development of the NSW seafood industry.

We would like to thank him for his contributions and dedication to the industry during his service at OceanWatch Australia and we wish him all the best for the future.

RIP Terry Kennedy

One minute silence was held 5th May for Terry Kennedy who passed away on Tuesday 2nd May after a long illness. 

Many would remember Terry (or affectionately known as Mirrors, as he was “always looking into it”) who was the Assistant General Manager of the Fish Marketing Authority from the early 1970’s. Terry continued in that position for a short time following privatisation in 1994.

Staff News

Movements from the Auction Floor

The SFM auction has been a hive of activity with plenty of seafood being traded as well as a number of staff movements.

David Ridge – Crate Yard Coordinator

After the retirement of Wally Grieg, David Ridge was the successful applicant to take over his role as Crate Yard Coordinator. Dave has been with SFM for 7.5 years and is enjoying the change of scenery.

New Faces in the Auctioneers Stand

David Galway, Auctioneer Team Leader has been joined by two new auctioneers: Salvatore (Frank) Raschilla and Jason Ranjit. Frank was previously a buyer at SFM before applying for the role of auctioneer and Jason joins us from Claudios Seafoods.

Welcome Cindy Manu

Cindy Manu joined the Market Floor team as Data Entry for Night Shift earlier this year.

Cindy’s employment history includes several years at Jelco and IKEA as well as an incredible 9 years working for Australian Quarantine at Sydney Airport. Cindy says she is enjoying working night shift on the market floor because the staff are amazing and there's so much to learn and do so it never gets boring.


Welcome Ryan Wang

Ryan Wang has joined the Sydney Fish Market IT department as IT support.

Being a fan of Sydney Fish Market, he was keen to apply his knowledge and skills after graduating from University of Sydney with a degree in IT. Ryan is passionate about technology and solving hardware/software problems. He also enjoys playing basketball and is a fan of Golden State Warriors.

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