Fishing Co-op named best supplier of seafood in NSW
COFFS Coast seafood is the toast of New South Wales after the Coffs Harbour Fisherman's Co-op took out the Best Supplier (NSW) at the Fish Market Seafood Excellence Awards.
The prestigious award has been taken out twice consecutively by the Coffs Harbour Fisherman's Co-op at the biennial event, which sees the best in the seafood industry gather in Sydney to celebrate excellence in the industry.
General manager of the co-op Michael Beasley said the win was "quite an achievement" considering they had fierce competition from Newcastle's The Commercial Fishermen's Co-Operative and Wallis Lake Fish Co-op, which was highly commended at the ceremony.
Mr Beasley said the win highlighted the high standard of Coffs Coast seafood and was a credit to the fishermen at the Coffs Harbour Fisherman's Co-op.
"It just goes to show the quality is super, not only here locally but in metropolitan areas.
"To win it twice is a testament to our fishermen, they're the people I salute and take my hat off to."
More than 150 guests representing the industry's top seafood retailers, restaurants and suppliers were recognised in nine award categories which were judged by industry experts or the general public.
Hosted by Australian television personality David Whitehill, awards were presented for categories including the Best Seafood Restaurant; Fish and Chips; Seafood Business Award and Best Seafood Retailer at Sydney Fish Market.
Sydney Fish Market general manager Bryan Skepper said to win a Seafood Excellence Award was "a big tick of approval from the seafood industry".
"All nominees for the Seafood Excellence Awards are at the top of their game and deliver in taste, freshness and sustainability," he said.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water, Niall Blair MLC, said the NSW seafood industry generated billions of dollars for the state's economy and congratulated all the winners and nominees
"Each year more than half a billion dollars of economic activity is generated by the NSW seafood industry, and creates more than 4000 jobs.
"We would like to applaud all winners and nominees, and congratulate the Sydney Fish Market for an outstanding awards night."