Our seafood shines in city

THE Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-op will stand at the bow of a revolution in the NSW seafood industry.

Sydney Fish Market managers met with local fishers this week to discuss the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the biggest fish market in the southern hemisphere.

The redevelopment of the Sydney Fish Markets will ensure that local fishers will continue to manage sustainable business that puts local fisheries first.

It comes as welcome news after the NSW Government has started buying back fishing licences over the past 18 months.

Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-op seafood manager Shane Geary was happy with the discussions which encompassed how local fisheries can continue to maintain sustainable fishing business during the upgrade.

"This is more about making fishermen viable, that's what the re-structure is about.

"I think our fisheries are very sustainable at the moment, and we're lucky to have that ability to feed our local people first, our local customers, we have the ability to feed regional areas as well and we're big enough producers to actually make sure we feed the people in Sydney as well and that's the main thing we need to continue a good quality, sustainable seafood," he said.

Last year, seafood from Coffs Harbour equated to 6% of all seafood produce from across Australia.

The statistic highlights Coffs Harbour as a very valuable contributor to the Sydney Fish Market said its supply manager, Gus Dannoun.

"Coffs Harbour is a very, very important fishing port not only for the local community but also for the Sydney Fish Market."

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