Did you know that we conduct Fishermen’s Co-op tours? The Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-op has been around since the mid twentieth century and is one of the few places where you can still witness a real working harbour. Our fishermen bring their fresh catches in to be weighed and processed for sale and represent a wide range of fisheries. We catch up to 500 species from the local ocean, rivers, beaches, and offshore currents. The fishing grounds of Coffs Harbour are renowned for the high quality of seafood and diversity of species.
Our most predominant fishery is the prawn fishery with eastern king prawns, octopus, cuttlefish, trawl whiting, and other species. We also have long liners who catch Spanish mackerel, yellow fin tuna, mahi mahi, marlin, swordfish, and others. This is rounded out by our trap fishers who primarily catch snapper and leather jacket. Other fisheries include lobster, as well as river fishers who catch mud crabs, mullet, black fish, and the like.
Due to the high variety of product and fisheries, and our long history in the area, there is always something to see. This can include an opportunity to speak to some of our local fishermen. In addition to the fishermen and their product, we have a number of related businesses such as retail, hot takeaway, filleting, wholesaling, and the like.
Every tour is a “catch of the day,” which means no one tour is identical to any other. Some tours will witness tons of product being brought in and organised, and other tours will happen to fall on days when the weather has prevented fishing. No matter, there is always something to see and learn.
Tours are also raw and real. It is your chance to get behind the scenes and see how a fishermen’s co-operative works, learn where your seafood comes from, and ask any questions you may have. As it is a working industrial site, it’s important that you wear non-slip closed shoes. We may also require you to wear high visibility jackets (provided) if a forklift is operating and the like.
Our family of 4 tucked into one of the better fish n chips we have had for a long time. Nice crisp batter (not soggy, oily, or smoothed). We had a selection trawler whiting, flake, calamari, sea scallops, potato scallops, and chips all beautifully cooked, and with great taste of the seafood
We came to buy a selection of fish and seafood for a BBQ later that day. The choice was first class, and the service good. The fish was very fresh, and we enjoyed the snapper cutlets, the marlin steak and the prawns. Delicious!
A good array of locally caught wet fish and a superb take away with outside covered seating. Was recommended to us as the best fish and chips in town and we would agree.
Best fish & chips we ever had. The Dinner Pack was just huge for two, but you just can’t stop eating! Lovely and crisp chips, and the fish was exceptional. Only draw-back was the very small decking outside, which was too crowded and hard to find a vacant table. Unless of course you take your fish & chips and eat them somewhere else. Everything was as fresh as seafood should be. Straight off the boat! Next time we’ll try the mixed seafood.