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!
The fisherman’s co-op is your one stop shop for both a tasty seafood lunch and to purchase fresh seafood for dinner. Highly recommended the fisherman’s basket for two, it was easily enough to fill both our bellies. We then purchased a fresh kilo of prawns to take home.
My wife and I ordered grilled swordfish. It took some time until it was done, but then we each got a nicely grilled piece about the size of a T Bone steak. Our daughter liked the salad. It might not be the place for a formal dinner but if you are hungry for fish at a reasonable price it’s certainly worth going there.