Welcome to the November issue of SFM News

Seafood Directions

The future of the seafood industry is looking strong after representatives from all sectors across Australia and abroad came together at Sydney’s International Conference Centre for Seafood Directions 2017 from September 27th–29th.

The two-day conference saw over 350 delegates from seafood supply, retail, aquaculturists, scientists, post-harvest, equipment suppliers, wholesalers, distributors, processors and food service companies explore concepts around the theme “Sea the Future” and be introduced to ground-breaking new technology, research and ideas.

Stuart Richie Chair, Australian Maritime Safety Authority with SFM’s Bryan Skepper, Stephen Masters, Craig Murray and Shristee Thapaliya receiving the Safety Award presented by the Hon. Anne Ruston.
The New South Wales Seafood Industry Council played host and Sydney Fish Market was the principal sponsor of the event and contributed as a member of the organising committee.

Nearly 400 guests attended the National Seafood Industry Awards held in conjunction with the conference.

Sydney Fish Market received the Safety Award which is presented to an entity that has demonstrated excellence in developing and maintaining a culture of safety that has contributed substantially towards improving the safety record of the seafood industry.
Robert Miller, Viscount Plastics Australia, Grahame Turk AM, SFM chairman and Hon. Anne Ruston
SFM’s Chairman, Grahame Turk, was inducted to the Hall of Fame which recognises people who have made a substantial positive difference to the seafood industry, normally at a national level, over many years, who have outstanding personal and leadership qualities, and who are highly respected throughout the seafood industry
Winners of the 2017 National Seafood Industry Awards are:


Asher Flynn


Ocean Grown Abalone


Humpty Doo Barramundi


Bass Strait Direct


Spring Bay Seafoods


Austral Fisheries


Commercial Fishing Operations Skills for Northern Territory Indigenous Communities


Mandurah Licenced Fishermen’s Association


Sydney Fish Market


Freycinet Marine Farm


Frying Nemo


Peter and Una Rockliff


Annie Jarrett, Grahame Turk, Bill Passey, Barry Evans, Simon Clark, Sime Sarin, Peter Fare, Peter and Una Rockliff, Leonie Noble, Michael Kailis, Jayne Gallagher
Bryan Skepper, Veronica Papacosta, Hon. Niall Blair MLC

Seafood Excellence Awards

On Thursday 20th July the Seafood Excellence Awards were held at Sydney Seafood School. The event is a showcase of the Australian seafood industry, its value to the national economy, its professionalism, and its commitment to supplying some of the finest seafood in the world to local, national and international markets.

Approximately 140 guests were in attendance including the Honourable Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and the Honourable Niall Blair MLC, NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, and Minister for Trade and Industry, who assisted with the presentation of the awards.  Master of Ceremonies duties were handled by Australian chef, and TV presenter “Fast Ed" Halmagyi.

The winners and highly commended recipients of Sydney Fish Market Seafood Excellence Awards are:

Best Seafood Restaurant (People’s Choice)

Winner – Manly Fish Café

Best Seafood Restaurant at Sydney Fish Market (People’s Choice)

Winner – Claudio's Quality Seafoods

Best Fish and Chips (People’s Choice)

Winner – Terrigal Beach Fish and Chip Co

Excellence in Environmental Practice

Winner – Sea Urchin Harvest Pty Ltd
Highly Commended – Matt Broadhurst

Best Supplier (NSW)

Winner – Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-Operative Ltd

Best Supplier (Interstate or Overseas)

Winner – Moana New Zealand Trading as OPC
Highly Commended – Clean Seas Seafood Limited and Walker Seafoods Australia

Best Seafood Retailer (NSW)

Winner – Commercial Fishermen’s Co-Operative Ltd
Highly Commended – Pittwater Seafood Mona Vale

Seafood Business Award

Winner – Commercial Fishermen’s Co-Operative Ltd
Highly Commended – Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-Operative

Best Fish and Chips

Winner – Pelican Rocks Café

Star of The Sea Award

Winner – Veronica Papacosta

Safety Award

Winner – Sydney Fish Market
Highly Commended – Professional Fishermen's Association

Hunter River Prawns Charity Auction

The season’s first box of Hunter River School Prawns will be auctioned at a charity event hosted by Commercial Fishermen's Co-operative Ltd on Monday November 6 with proceeds going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service remains on stand-by, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, ready to respond and save lives throughout Northern NSW.   Remarkably, this is a free emergency service and every contribution helps to ensure this invaluable community service stays in the air.

The charity auction will take place at Newcastle Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative commencing at 7am with bidding expected to take place from 8am. A live, video conferencing link to Sydney Fish Market will facilitate remote bidding.

For more information please contact Rebecca Morley on 0401 720 120 or by emailing becke1g2w3@gmail.com.

New SFM Development Update

In August, UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation (UGNSW), 3XN and FMJT conducted a consultation workshop with SFM stakeholders, the Catchers Trust and SFM Tenants and Merchants Pty Ltd.

UGNSW introduced the design teams and the driving factors going forward, along with the project timeline including construction commencement for late 2018 and three year timeframe expected for construction to be complete. The briefing also served the purpose of building an understanding among tenants and fishers of the constraints for designing the new Sydney Fish Market. 

Also in August, UGNSW conducted community workshops for the public to be briefed on the project and to allow an opportunity for feedback and questions. During the workshop, Bryan Skepper was invited to present SFM’s vision for the development. Attendees were encouraged to provide feedback on the draft masterplan principles. 
For more information on the development progress please visit www.thebayssydney.nsw.gov.au/destinations/bays-market-district

John Sidoti MP, Member for Drummoyne, Bryan Skepper, Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Paul Bagnato & Domenica Masuzzo

Blessing of the Fleet

On Sunday, 17 September Sydneysiders joined local fishers to partake in the centuries old tradition of the Blessing of the Fleet featuring the ‘procession of the Madonna’

Special guest Premier Gladys Berejiklian conducted the official welcome, accompanied by Bryan Skepper, Caterina Spirou from Association Bagnara Calabra and local fisher Paul Bagnato. 

Other activities on the day included the hotly contested spaghetti eating and prawn peeling competitions, live entertainment, free face painting and traditional Italian dancing. Close to 24,000 people were present on the day to enjoy the seafood and festivities

Graduates from the 2017 NSILP program

National Seafood Industry Leadership Program

Emerging leaders of the seafood community from the 2017 National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP) met in September to conclude training and present their vision for a united seafood community.

The group consisting of SFM’s quality assurance officer, Lief Hendrikz and other participants from seafood retail, aquaculture, professional fishing, recreational fishing, marine science and indigenous fishing sectors met with industry leaders and decision makers to present a set of strategies they developed during the program that they believe will play a key part in the industry’s future. 
The group presented their vision of a unified and empowered seafood community with a mission to promote sustainable growth of the seafood industry.
Upon conclusion of the presentation, the participants graduated at an event in Canberra attended by representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Sydney Fish Market, Oceanwatch Australia and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence

Congratulations to SFM tour guide Alex Stollznow for his contribution to the SFM Behind the Scenes Tour being awarded a TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence.

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is awarded to tourism and hospitality businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.

Now in its 7th year, the awards help travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service.
For more information on the Behind The Scenes Tour and to book, please visit our website www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au/at-the-market/tours.

Fishing vessel "FV Dianne"

A gofundme page has been set up by the Agnes Water and 1770 community on behalf of the families of Cairns based fishermen Adam Bidner, Zachary Feeney, Adam Hoffman, Ben Leahy, Chris Sammut, Eli Tonks and Ruben McDornan who tragically lost their lives when the fishing vessel "FV Dianne" sunk during wild storms off the Central Coast of Queensland in October.

The funds raised are to be used to help in costs incurred during the search rescue operation, travelling expenses to and from Cairns where the families are based, funeral expenses, trauma recovery and loss of income during this trying time.

To donate, please visit www.gofundme.com/the-diane-trawler-tragedy

Staff News

Farewell Rod Ringland

The greater SFM community was deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Rodney Ringland. 

Rodney worked in SFM’s auction area as Day Shift Team Leader and for over 20 years has been a valued member of our SFM family. With his unique way of getting things done, he was the recipient of great respect and admiration from everyone who had the pleasure of dealing with him over the years.

Changes to the Finance Department

Welcome Donna MacEachen

Donna joined the SFM Finance Department in the role of accountant and describes herself as very much a ‘complete Scottish stereotype’.  She spends her spare time Highland Dancing or watching Pipe Bands play around Australia.  When she’s not listening to bagpipes she enjoys a nice glass of wine with friends, going to a good gig or planning her next travelling adventure.

Farewell to Ian Chapple

Ian joined SFM’s finance team in 2016 and decided to retire to allow more time to spend with his family and to focus on his health.

Congratulations Vicki Burgess

Vicki Burgess has been promoted from senior accountant to chief accountant and is now responsible for Company’s accounting functions including statutory financial reporting, cashiering, credit management and payables.

Auction Floor

New staff Night shift

The SFM night shift team has welcomed two new market floor operators Bikeshawr Prajapati and Noho Taha. Bikeshawr moved from Perth four years ago and has joined us from Tixana Manufacturing where he worked in the warehouse as a packaging machine operator, preparing product for daily auction.  Noho hails from New Zealand and was previously employed in warehouse at Cold Storage and Concept Logistics warehouse.

Farewell Carl Norman

SFM has farewelled Carl Norman as he transitions into the next stage of his life, retirement.  After falling ill and making a full recovery, Carl has decided to commence retirement after 38 years of dedicated service at SFM working at the auction in the role of market floor operator

Changes to the Administration Team

Welcome Sarah Emery

Sarah recently moved to Sydney from Adelaide and commenced employment at SFM in the role of receptionist. She has been studying Interior Design for two years and is enjoying the fast paced life of Sydney and looking forward to exploring more of NSW.

Congratulations Renee Cannon

Congratulations to Renee Cannon who was promoted from her role as receptionist to administration coordinator. Since joining SFM in July 2016, Renee’s work ethic and friendly face has been appreciated by everyone.

Welcome Shiona Williams

Shiona has been welcomed by the friendly Sydney Seafood School team into the role of administration assistant. Shiona is kept busy with two teenage boys but when she gets spare time she enjoys catching up with friends for a glass of wine on Friday evenings, going for walks and reading. Shiona says there’s much to like about her new job, she is thrilled to be part of a Sydney institution and is looking forward to the exciting times ahead for SFM.
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