Research & Development

As a leader in the Australian seafood industry, SFM is committed to innovation, and to the continual improvement of processes and practices across every aspect of our business.

We maintain international Food Safety Management Systems Standards, and we’re the first company to be accredited to the Australian Seafood Standard. 

Along with our onsite retailers, we were the first to be licensed under the Australian Fish Names Standard, ensuring accurate product labelling for consumers.

We’re pioneers in best practice food safety handling, and continue to advance a seafood Quality Index to help assess the freshness, quality and shelf life of seafood – benefitting industry, retailers and consumers.  

We’ve introduced through-chain traceability, and continue to develop initiatives to ensure the sustainable management of fisheries resources and to maximise the potential of saleable product.

Our pursuit of continual improvement extends to efforts to minimise wastage across the Sydney Fish Market site, and to reduce our water and electricity consumption, as well as our greenhouse gas emissions.

We already recycle around 125,000 polystyrene boxes per year, rescuing nearly seventy tonnes from landfill annually.

In addition to these efforts, we actively support innovation by our fishers, tenants and small business customers to ensure the longevity of their businesses, and of seafood supply, so that future generations can continue to enjoy delicious, fresh Australian seafood.

CRC Project - Preliminary Investigation of internationally recognised Responsible Fisheries Management Certification

Outline of project performance indicators 

Benchmark Global Trust Responsible Fisheries Management Performance Criteria against the Australian Fisheries Management Framework including relevant Acts, Regulations and the Australian approach to Fisheries Management planning. 
Pilot 2 NSW fisheries against the Global Trust Responsible Fisheries Management  Performance Criteria. 

Create a guidance document to support the interpretation of the GT RFM Certification Program to fit Australian fisheries management circumstances.
The project steering committee will organise and run a workshop after the completion of the guidance document to roll out the projects results and vision to relevant stakeholders.


CRC Project - Increase sustainable use of crab fisheries resources by recovering revenue from crabs currently rejected at market

To investigate the potential for the development and introduction of a mud crab recovery step at SFM for recovering slow mud crabs.

To develop strategies to reduce the rejection / mortality of mud crabs in the SFM supply chain, especially from suppliers with greater than average rejection / mortality rates. (The rejection rate at SFM in a recent assessment ranged from 0.6% - 15.9%). This will include assessing temperature management issues and determining the most appropriate product packout methods.
To investigate whether the losses in the spanner crab supply chain can be reduced.


CRC Project - A Guide to the Identification of Food Safety Hazards and Determination of Shelf-life of Packaged Seafood Products. SARDI – Safefish Project

This Guide aims to assist seafood processors who are developing new packaged seafood products to understand:

  • The food safety risks, methodologies for their assessment and regulatory requirements.
  • A typical shelf-life assessment program including methodologies to determine spoilage pathways and assessment.
  • Background information of various processing and packaging techniques.
  • The importance of the implementation of food safety plans including pre-requisiteprograms and HACCP plans.

The information in this Guide may also be relevant to existing packaged products or
non-packaged products. Importantly, this Guide should be used in conjunction with
guidance documents that provide advice on practical aspects of new product


ACPF/Seafood CRC national prawn quality assurance project    

This project aims to define an agreed set of quality parameters, means to assess/measure, and best practice protocols/COP’s to achieve quality parameters through four stages of the wild harvest Aust prawn supply chain (fishers, wholesalers/distributors, retailers, consumers).  

FRDC Project

Revision of the ASQAP manual - in light of the FRDC funded PST review report.

The updating of the ASQAP manual is urgently needed to ensure that guidance on shellfish management is up to date, sufficient to allow consistency in interpretation and risk assessment and is in line with best practice. The ASQAAC committee represents the Australian bivalve shellfish producers, the program managers from the relevant food safety jurisdictions and the national legislative agencies (Department of Agriculture and FSANZ). It is the key consultative group with regards to bivalve shellfish safety in Australia.
The PST event that occurred in Eastern Tasmania and Bass Strait over the last 24 months, and the FRDC funded review report into the PST incident has highlighted the need to get this national guidance manual updated. It is expected that an updated manual will be outcome focused and provide clear guidance that is       internationally robust and meets best practice approaches. The updated ASQAP manual will provide the framework to the relevant state agencies in running their state shellfish safety programs.