Welcome to the July issue of SFM News

Mike Briers AO, Food Agility CEO + Advisor, Anne Astin, Food Agility Chair, Bryan Skepper, SFM General Manager, Minister Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation and Ren Ping Liu, Food Agility Research Leader.

Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre Launch

The newly formed Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), celebrated its official launch on June 13 with a behind the scenes tour of SFM followed by an event at University of Technology Sydney.

Food Agility brings together 54 participants from food, technology and research sectors to lead the digital revolution in food production and supply. Food Agility is working closely with SFM on projects that would harness new and existing digital technologies to transform the way we do business.

The projects that Food Agility and SFM are collaborating on include finding methods to improve product quality and sustainability, drive efficiency in logistics and wholesale methods and create new experiences for consumers and tourists.
Food Agility already has projects underway in the aquaculture, wheat and viticulture industries, working with partners to help the Australian agrifood industry be more globally competitive and sustainable.


International Alliance of World’s Best Food Markets to Form ‘Magnificent Seven’ 

A group of seven of the world’s best food markets have come together to form the ‘Magnificent Seven’ alliance comprising Sydney Fish Market, Sydney; Borough Market, London; La Boqueria, Barcelona; Markthallenneun, Berlin; Central Market Hall, Budapest; Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne and Pikes Place Market, Seattle. The collection of markets are known for the outstanding quality of their food, and the iconic nature of their locations.

The partnership will focus on sharing knowledge and expertise in areas including lobbying, estate development and communications.

By identifying common goals, the markets will be able to speak with one voice on the world stage, tackling key issues such as sustainability, shorter supply chains, urban regeneration and community engagement.  
The agreement will also support staff development through an international exchange programme.

The urban locations and unique atmosphere attract a combined total of approximately 74.5 million people annually. Through shared insight, the alliance will seek to share best practice on the need to balance high visitation with the local infrastructure and amenities whilst maintaining the authenticity of the market experience for shoppers and visitors.


Remote Bidding

SFM is continuing to roll out the remote auction bidding system, which enables buyers to bid for and purchase seafood online without having to physically attend the auction. SFM has been growing its remote bidding capability since commencing trials 12 months ago and already has 38 buyers registered and nine buyers regularly using the service.

By utilising the remote bidding, buyers have complete access to the full catalogue of product available at SFM’s auction without having to attend the auction.  For purchases made remotely SFM can also arrange assistance with logistics for product pick up.

If you’re interested in registering for remote bidding please contact SFM’s sales development executive, Andrew Skelly by email andrews@sydneyfishmarket.com.au or calling 0423 440 238.


The Shoalhaven fishing vessel from Bermagui hit rocks off Bengunna Point over the weekend and begun taking on water. The four crew on board were all safely rescued however unfortunately the Shoalhaven could not be recovered. The crew were treated for mild hypothermia but were released by paramedics at the scene.

The Shoalhaven was a large supplier of seafood to SFM over many years and had been operated by the Lavelle family for 29 years.

SFM and others in the fishing community have been in contact with Tony Lavalle to offer assistance during this difficult time.

Ultimo Public School Outdoor Classroom

SFM has continued to increase its involvement with Ultimo Public School by contributing to the school’s efforts to teach the students about recycling and gardening.

Ultimo Public School is in an urban environment and currently in temporary purpose-built facilities in Wentworth Park South Glebe, where they will operate for two years while the former Quarry St site of the public school is redeveloped.

The students have created a garden within their temporary grounds and have been repurposing polystyrene boxes donated by SFM to create mobile planter boxes lined with sacks donated by Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters. 

SFM values this opportunity to contribute the local community and benefits from being able to look at different ways to improve the environmental sustainability of our activities, and the prevention of pollution.

Qantas Ten Years, Together

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Qantas carbon offset program, as a partner of the Future Planet Program SFM was invited to attend an event on June 7 at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) to celebrate the people and partnerships that helped reach the milestone.

Coinciding with Vivid Sydney, the event was held on the MCA rooftop and provided the perfect vantage point to view the light displays and Qantas’ Revive the Reef installation.

The installation was designed to resemble an underwater landscape where bleached coral was reversed as people interacted with it by unwinding a handle. The installation brought to life the new carbon offset and Reef credit project that supports the Great Barrier Reef.

During the event Qantas launched a short film about their new Babinda Reef Project. The video explains how the carbon offsetting project is addressing the issue of poor water quality and land clearing to improve the Reef’s health.  

Click here for more information about the Qantas Future Planet Program.

Plastic Free July

SFM is participating in Plastic Free July by encouraging staff and retailers to consider ways to reduce or eliminate their use of single-use plastic. 

Staff have made pledges on what plastic items they will commit to stop using and some SFM retailers have committed to replacing plastic straws with paper and will be offering discounts on coffee for people who order with a reusable coffee cup.

The Plastic Free July foundation aims to raise awareness of the problems with single-use disposable plastic.  For the month of July, people are asked to consider ways they can limit or eliminate single-use plastics in their everyday life. 

To be part of the solution, consider trying one or all of these actions for the month of July (and hopefully beyond):

  • Refusing plastic shopping bags
  • Avoiding pre-packed fruit and veg
  • Picking up litter
  • Avoiding buying bottled water
  • Saying no to plastic straws, takeaway coffee cups, disposable cutlery
  • Recycling what cannot be avoided

About half of all plastic produced is for single-use or disposable items such as packaging.  Choose to refuse single-use plastic this July by signing up for the Plastic Free July challenge at www.plasticfreejuly.org.

Opportunity to Provide Input for Projects to Improve Seafood Industry Qualifications

Two projects are underway to review qualifications, skill sets and units of competency for the seafood and aquaculture industry.

Feel free to register your interest in these projects and provide feedback on the existing qualifications, skill sets and units (by following the webpage links below). Your feedback is fundamental to ensuring these documents reflect the needs of industry.

Aquaculture, Fishing Operations & Biosecurity Project

This project will review 12 qualifications, 13 skill sets and approximately 104 units of competency within the SFI Seafood Industry Training Package, so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

A focus of this project will be to incorporate skills to address changes in technology, legislative and regulatory requirements and environmental sustainability and management. The project will also include a review of qualifications and units of competency directly related to biosecurity.

Visit project webpage

Seafood Post Harvest Project

This project will review 8 qualifications, 1 skill set and approximately 49 units of competency within the SFI Seafood Industry Training Package, so that all job functions are accurately described, with appropriate current knowledge and skill needs.

A focus of this project will be to incorporate skills to address changes in distribution, processing, storage, fishing and environmental management.

Visit project webpage
The projects are being managed by Skills Impact and led by the Aquaculture and Wild Catch Industry Reference Committee

Skills Impact provides support services to the Aquaculture and Wild Catch Industry Reference Committee so they can effectively connect and engage with industry about their skill needs.  

Your feedback will be drawn on to help draft the revised versions which will become available on the website for public consideration and feedback from July–August 2018.

Face-to-face consultation workshops will also take place, across states and territories, with six webinars planned for those unable to attend in person.

Sydney Seafood School Upcoming Classes

The cooking class program for Sydney Seafood School (SSS) up until end of October is now online and available to be booked.

Keeping it social, SSS kicks off their Saturday night classes with a glass of wine and seafood canapés, and offers a ‘book for 6 pay for 4’ group discount for all classes as guests cook and eat in groups of 6.

Keen to inspire the next generation of cooks, there are school holiday hands-on cooking classes for 8-12 year olds, featuring sushi in July and fresh pasta and gnocchi in October. Children 13-15 years old are welcome to participate in any scheduled class accompanied by a responsible adult, while younger ones can join group bookings of 6.

Class highlights from the July schedule include:

Thursday 12 July 2018 | Kids Sushi Making Class (8-12 years old)
10.00am - 12.30pm | Cost: $90.00
At this hands-on class, kids will learn to prepare different types of sushi: traditional nigiri-sushi (fish-topped rice), sushi rolls and hand-rolled sushi cones. The class includes a delicious seafood meal with beverage, take-home recipe kit and cloth apron. Parking for adults picking up and dropping off is also included.
For more information and to book click here
Friday 20 July 2018 | Great Aussie Seafood Barbie
6.30pm – 9.30pm | Cost: $130.00
At this hands-on dinner class, you’ll learn the tricks to barbecuing fresh Aussie prawns, tuna and octopus to perfection – and discover how delicious they are paired with native Australian ingredients. Finish with a seafood feast and glass of wine.
For more information and to book click here

Wednesday 25 July 2018 | Easy Deep South Seafood
6.30pm - 8.30pm | Cost: $90.00
Be transported to New Orleans, with crisp oyster po’boys and spicy Cajun blackened catfish, at this delicious hands-on dinner class focused on the finger-lickin’ food of America’s Deep South.
For more information and to book click here

The full program of classes can be viewed at www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au. Classes can be booked online and gift certificates and copies of the Sydney Seafood School Cookbook purchased from the website. Contact Sydney Seafood School on +61 2 9004 1111 or sss@sydneyfishmarket.com.au

SFM Board Visits Northern NSW

In lieu of the July SFM board meeting being held at the SFM site, the board visited Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative, Clarence River Fishermen’s Cooperative and Ballina Fishermen’s Cooperative and met with their respective boards, managers and key stakeholders to gain a better understanding of their operations. 

The board sought feedback on how SFM can further improve its services for suppliers and discuss the key findings from the barriers to supply survey and what is being implemented as a result including updates on the SFM projects such as the online auction and logistics developments.

The meetings were extremely positive and invitations were also extended to the boards of the cooperatives to continue the discussions and for return visits to SFM.

Vale Martin Palmer 

SFM is saddened to hear of the passing of Martin Palmer following a brief illness.

Martin started his business from the back of Musumeci Seafoods at Sydney Fish Market in 1982 before setting up a seafood retail business in Rozelle in 1997.

He retired from full time business a decade ago but remained a champion of sustainability in the professional fishing industry through to the end. Martin also served on the board of directors for OceanWatch Australia from 2009 and resigned in 2017 due to ill health.

Martin will be remembered in numerous ways and many will never forget his saying 'There are never enough oysters in Sydney at Christmas time'.

Vale Graham John Crouch OAM 

The SFM community wishes to share their condolences to the family of Graham Crouch after learning of his passing on July 3rd.

Graham was the general manager of SFM during the privatisation period and will be remembered for his leadership during this time and as a keen golfer in his leisure time. 

A service for Graham was held 9th July at St. Peter’s Anglican Church Watson’s Bay, with representation from SFM in attendance.

Staff News

Welcome Ben Gusti

SFM would like to welcome Ben Gusti who commenced in the position of QHSE Officer in May. The focus of this position will be maintaining SFM quality management system. Ben comes to SFM with an extensive background in quality management systems applied to the manufacturing and engineering industries.

Birth Announcement

On behalf of Asha and Bobby Ojha, it gives us great pleasure to announce the arrival of their baby boy, Ramon. While he arrived a bit earlier than expected, both Mum and baby are doing well and settling into life at home well.

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