The seafood market's big boys come to town
MANAGERS of the Sydney Fish Market visited the Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-op on Wednesday as part of a tour to discuss the redevelopment of the iconic seafood market.
The vision aims to enhance the atmosphere of the port for visitors as well as provide fishermen with upgrades including new wharf facilities, automated ice stations and extra capacity for trawlers.
Sydney Fish Markets manager, Bryan Skepper, said an important first step was to discuss the redevelopment plan with the lifeblood of the markets, the fishermen themselves.
"The purpose of this trip is to communicate our vision with the fishermen and explain to them what we are trying to do with the development of the market," Mr Skepper said.
"It's a port that we are accustomed to seeing a whole variety of product from low value to high value products, they are one of the biggest producers for our market of prawn, lobster and mud crab," Mr Dannoun said.
Coffs Harbour Fisherman's Co-op seafood manager, Shane Geary, said the meeting was "definitely all positive" and he welcomed the redevelopment of the southern hemisphere's biggest market.
"The new market is a necessity, I think, being a major supplier to the Sydney fish market it definitely needs to happen," Mr Geary said.
With more than 2.7 million visitors to the Sydney Fish Market each year, Mr Skepper said creating an atmosphere of authenticity and freshness was central to the vision for the redevelopment.
"The message that was coming out loud and clear in that process was maintaining the authenticity, so have the fishing fleet there so we have wharfs there with boats tied up they can see the fishermen mending their nets unloading their boats," he said.
"If you take that authenticity away it's just another shopping centre, where as this is one of the world's most unique fish markets."