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.
Heaps of choice of fresh fish to cook at home. We got the $35 family basket – nice variety, plenty to eat, fast service, great taste. A good way to end a day out in the town before heading home again.
Stopped by the Fishermen’s Co-op just before the lunchtime crowd and the snapper was excellent. The crumbing was light and the oil fresh. In fact all the fish there looked great. The calamari was fresh and actually squid rings not mashed together to look like a ring. It got very busy quickly after I arrived and seating outside on the covered deck is limited so get in early or takeaway to the beach close by.
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.
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.