Welcome to the December issue of SFM News

A Christmas message from general manager Bryan Skepper

With 2015 rapidly drawing to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our suppliers, buyers, tenants, customers, staff and fishing industry friends the very best for the festive season.

At this time of year, SFM is a hive of activity (even more so than normal!), particularly during our tremendously popular, annual 36-Hour Seafood Marathon. This year’s marathon, our 20th, is once again set to attract some 110,000 people to the site as our retailers trade continuously from 5am on Wednesday 23rd December right through until 5pm on Christmas Eve. All the best to all involved. 

On behalf of the whole SFM team, I would like to thank you for your efforts in 2015 and wish you all a merry and seafood-filled Christmas and a happy New Year!

Jingle bells, prawns unshelled. It’s Christmas all the way.

2015 is a milestone year for the annual Sydney Fish Market 36-Hour Seafood Marathon, marking the 20th anniversary of Sydney’s favourite Christmas tradition.

Sydney Fish Market retailers will trade for 36 hours straight, from 5am on Wednesday 23rd
December right through until 5pm on Christmas Eve.

This year, more than 110,000 shoppers are expected to attend the event buying over 660 tonnes of seafood.

As well as fresh seafood, shoppers can grab a Christmas turkey or ham; get advice on the best wines and beer for pairing with their meal, or pick-up fresh bread, fruit, and vegetables. To complete the Christmas feast, there is also a wide choice of deli items including cold meats, olives and cheeses. Sydney Fish Market is a one-stop shop for all Christmas food needs.

Whether a first time visitor or a 20-year veteran to the 36-Hour Seafood Marathon, everyone can expect a colourful and exciting atmosphere at all hours of the day and night. Even Santa Claus is taking time out from his busy schedule to pop into the 36-Hour Seafood Marathon.

GETTING HERE: The best way to get to Sydney Fish Market is via public transport. Catch the Sydney Light Rail to the Fish Market stop, bus or walk to Sydney Fish Market. Bus services 501 and 389 regularly depart from the city.

Additional parking is available at Sydney Secondary College, Blackwattle Bay Campus, for a flat rate of $5.00 for two hours. Entry to Sydney Secondary College is via Pyrmont Bridge Road.

Young scholarship winner 

Sydney Fish Market continues to be a key supporter of the Harris Community Scholarship Fund, each year providing an educational scholarship to a student from Ultimo Primary School to see them move through high school and beyond.

This year’s HCSF recipient is year six student, Ian Young. Stephanie Williams, Sydney Fish Market’s corporate social responsibility & external relations manager who sits on the selection committee says, “In addition to having the most thorough application, Ian also had good communication skills, ambitious goals for his future and participated in a lot of school and community activities. He also seemed very considerate towards his fellow students.
We look forward to seeing great things from Ian in the future.

Time to get cooking

Ever noticed how as the weather warms up everyone seems to feel more social? It’s a great time of year to get out and do something different with friends and family or meet new people who love what you love. At Sydney Seafood School that’s great food, talented chefs and a glass (or two) of good wine.

Seafood School regulars returning in the coming months include Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio at the Spit), Dan Hong (Mr Wong), Mark Best (Marque), Frank Camorra (MoVida), Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Mike McEnearney (No.1 Bent Street by Mike), Gabriele Taddeucci (Balla) and Justin North (Hotel Centennial). There’s also plenty of new blood, with premier appearances from Momofuku’s Paul Carmichael, MoVida Sydney Head Chef Ivalu Otaiza, Josh Niland from Café Nice, Kepos Street Kitchen’s Michael Rantissi and Nic Wong from Cho Cho San.

Remember, a Seafood School gift certificate is a wonderful Christmas present, especially if you make it a shared experience and come along to the class with the recipient. Perfect for last minute gifts, even on Christmas Day, as you can order online and print immediately anytime of the day or night. And if you’d like to give something more than just the certificate, include a copy of the Sydney Seafood School Cookbook (normally $49.98, but only $39.98 if you buy it at the same time as a gift certificate worth $90 or more). 

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... so jump online and get cooking.

Redevelopment update

After the signing of the redevelopment MoU with UrbanGrowth NSW, Sydney Fish Market launched a series of stakeholder workshops. The workshops were designed to identify and discuss key requirements for each stakeholder segment for the redeveloped Sydney Fish Market.
Stakeholder at the workshops included SFM tenants, Directors of the Catchers Trust, representatives from The Association of Co-Operatives, auction buyers and our local fishermen. Overall there was a positive response to the workshops and we gained some valuable insights and ideas from each group.

We are looking forward to continuing consultation in the new year and also encourage interested parties to submit their ideas for the future site via the website or to Stephaniew@sydneyfishmarket.com.au

A champion for safe workplaces

Congratulations to Craig Murray who was recently awarded the SafeWork NSW Safety Leadership Award.
The award, presented by SafeWork NSW, recognises all-round excellence in work health and safety, workers compensation and return to work.
As well as his overall commitment to workplace health and safety, Craig was recognised for the successful execution of a SafeWork NSW mentor program at Sydney Fish Market.
Craig worked with representatives from eight SFM tenancies, partnering them with industry mentors who assisted them to gain a better understanding of their workplace requirements and develop an action plan to improve the safety in their business.
Sydney Fish Market will run the mentoring program again in 2016. Tenants are invited to contact Craig to express their interest in taking part. 

Having a prawn of a time at the Ballina Prawn Festival

The Ballina Prawn Festival is a quintessential Aussie event and a wonderful celebration of the laid-back Ballina lifestyle. This event brings thousands of local residents and visitors together to celebrate the industry the region was built upon.

Sydney was proud to be a major sponsor of the event which was attended by, SFM representatives Bryan Skepper and Justine Warren who enjoyed the day of festivities. A highlight of the day was, of course, the prawn peeling competition where participants raced to peel and eat ½ kg of prawns in the fastest time.

For those wanting to enjoy their prawns a little slower, a range of food stands presented signature prawn-based dishes for sale.  Options included a delicious prawn paella, prawn tacos, prawn skewers and good old chilled prawns with seafood sauce from Ballina Fishermen's Co-op.

The bang of fireworks rounding off the day may have been drowned out by enormous claps of thunder but the colourful display was worth getting a little wet for.

Selling our story at Seafood Directions

Six SFM representatives joined 300 other delegates at the biennial Seafood Directions Conference held in Perth in October. The theme of the 2015 conference was “Selling Our Story” and featured a range of speakers providing informative and provocative stories around their experiences in the seafood industry. 

Sydney Fish Market general manager, Bryan Skepper presented on The Australian Seafood Foundation in which he urged industry to get behind a united communications strategy.  SFM and NSIA chair Grahame Turk also spoke at the conference on the key challenges and priorities of the seafood industry.
It was announced at the event that Seafood Directions 2017 will be hosted by NSW. Sydney Fish Market is proud to be on the organising committee and is looking forward to presenting a comprehensive conference program and a spectacular awards night that will be beneficial to all in the industry.

Industry appointments

The past few months have seen SFM staff members appointed to a number of significant national and international seafood industry positions.

In November, SFM general manager Bryan Skepper was appointed chair of the NSW Seafood Industry Council (NSWSIC), an organisation that seeks to unite all sectors of the NSW seafood industry and to promote and safeguard industry interests. This position was previously held by SFM Chairman Grahame Turk.

In September, SFM technical and sustainability manager Mark Boulter was appointed President Elect of the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) which represents the world fish inspection community, helping them to provide fish, seafood and associated products that are safe, of acceptable quality and readily available for sale in the global marketplace. Mark will take over the IAFI President role in three years but in the mean time, will help organise IAFI’s 2018 World Seafood Congresss.

Mark was also recently appointed as one of the Australasian representatives for the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative (GSSI). This international committee will be benchmarking the various seafood sustainability standards against the GSSI benchmarking tool, to demonstrate equivalence between the standards.

Granted a better environment

Environmental grants worth $10,000 were awarded by Sydney Fish Market on World Fisheries Day.

A Sydney professional fisher and a Barramundi farm in Far North Queensland are the first two recipients of funding grants from Sydney Fish Market, announced on World Fisheries Day (Saturday 21st November).

Ritchie Bagnato, a second-generation professional fisher from Sydney, received $8,000 for his trials to further minimise the impact on seabeds by fishing vessels. The trials, which will see semi-pelagic doors and monitoring equipment installed on the vessel, will also examine an expected reduction in fuel consumption, which would decrease carbon emissions by the fishing boats.

The second recipient, Sundown Fish Farm in Mareeba, was awarded $2,000 for its prototype development of a solar-powered system designed to safely deter native wildlife that eat from its fishponds. The motion-sensor design will emit a low-sound alarm and light to scare off nocturnal birds and water rats. It has the potential to protect fish stocks and remove the need for costly netting systems that can harm animals that get caught in the nets.

The $10,000 worth of grants for environmental initiatives in the fishing industry will be an annual program open to seafood suppliers to Sydney Fish Market.

Could you be the next seafood industry leader?

The National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP) is the preeminent training program for the seafood industry, designed for people wishing to take up leadership roles throughout the industry.

Sydney Fish Market encourages industry participation and is offering an SFM sponsored position on the course.  The sponsorship will cover the $700 participation fee and reasonable expenses (including airfares, accommodation and meals) for one NSW representative who demonstrates dedication to the fishing/seafood industry and the ability to work collaboratively in order to make a difference.

What’s on at SFM

Good things happen in threes and following on closely from Christmas we will be celebrating Australia Day and Chinese New Year.
Throw on your thongs and Aussie colours and join us to celebrate Australia Day on Tuesday 26th January 2016. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the sunshine while rocking out to a live band on the boardwalk playing all your Aussie favourites from 12 noon. 
Then, welcome in the new lunar year at our Chinese New Year festivities. Traditional lion dancers will entertain visitors and bestow luck and prosperity on our market stores.
Visit our website for more details on these upcoming events.

In memory of Con Vallianos

The seafood industry lost another stalwart with the passing of Constantino Anastasios Vallianos on 13th August.

As well as being a seafood industry leader, Con was known as a social man achieving great things throughout his life. He will be remembered as a great story teller with a good sense of humour and a contagious laugh that made those around him happy.

Staff news

Shristee Thapaliya

Shristee Thapaliya, SFM’s WHS and QA officer, is expecting a very special Christmas gift this year with the arrival of her second child, a baby boy, in December. Shristee commenced maternity leave earlier this month and after working tirelessly over the past year she is looking forward to spending time with her growing family. SFM wishes Shristee all the best with her second bundle of joy and we look forward to meeting him in the new year.

Stephen Masters 

Sydney Fish Market would like to welcome Stephen Masters who will be filling in for Shristee while she is on maternity leave. Stephen is an environmental scientist who has worked on various projects involving prawn farm aquaculture and acid sulphate soils. Stephen loves to be around seafood, making him a great catch for SFM.

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