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Welcome to the Fishermen’s Co-op
The Best Fresh Seafood in Coffs Harbour
The Fishermen’s Co-operative is located at the very heart of the Harbour. It’s a fantastic place to sit awhile and enjoy delicious fish and chips by the sea. In fact, there’s no better place in Coffs Harbour to enjoy a tasty, nutritious, inexpensive meal, right on the Harbour. Without a doubt, our Takeaway and outdoor dining area offer the best fish and chips in Coffs Harbour.
Furthermore, we provide a wide variety of freshly caught local seafood for you to buy and cook later. Our seafood’s unsurpassed freshness and quality are due to our fleet’s fishing grounds’ close proximity. Therefore, it’s just a matter of hours between being caught and served on your plate. So, if you’re looking for the best fresh seafood in Coffs Harbour, then the Fishermen’s Co-op is just the place.
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How Does the Fishermen’s Co-operative Work?
The Co-operative has been operating on the foreshores of Coffs Harbour since the early 1950s. It’s owned by 40 local fishermen. They supply us with fresh seafood almost every day, which you can buy straight off their boats through our retail store and Takeaway. Essentially, all wild-caught species delivered to the Co-op by our members are graded with all the premium product retained for filleting, processing, and sale through our retail outlet. Next, all surplus stock is sold wholesale to local restaurants, cafes and licensed premises. Lastly, the remainder is sent off to the auction house at Sydney Fish Market.
Delicious Fresh Seafood in Coffs Harbour
The Fishermen’s Co-op retail store sells all our locally caught fish and seafood, we offer whiting, flathead, pearl perch, snapper, kingfish, tuna (perfect for sashimi), mackerel, swordfish, mahi-mahi, marlin, and other local species. We also catch delicious prawns, lobsters, Balmain bugs and crabs. Furthermore, in addition to locally caught produce, we stock the standard staples you’d expect to see. Rest assured, we can always provide a full range of delicious fresh seafood in Coffs Harbour.
The Fishermen’s Co-op Team
The Co-op is owned by our fishermen, and we currently have 40 members. Moreover, we employ over 30 staff, all who have made Coffs Harbour their home.
”I’ve lived in Coffs Harbour for 20 years now and being part of the Fishermen’s Co-op team is a real privilege. It’s awesome being part of an organisation that’s keeping traditional fishing and fishing families thriving on the Coffs Coast. It’s hard work for everyone involved, but we’re proud of our business and proud of the quality and variety of fresh seafood we offer every day to happy tourists and locals alike.”
Bob St John, General Manager, Fishermen’s Co-op
Seafood lunch and fresh fish takeaway
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.
Staff are courteous
Covid restrictions in place. Their fish and chips are done to your liking? No complaints from me.
Excellent fish shop
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 great feed of fish and chips
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.
Best cooked fish and chips I have had in so long and I live in a fishing town. Fish was fresh and cooked to perfection.
Great fish and chips joint
The fish is nicely battered and fried perfectly. The fried squid also delightful. Freshly shucked rock oysters are nice and creamy. All at reasonable prices. Only negative was the serving sizes were so generous we needed more of that tartar sauce.
Great location, great fish, great choice
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.
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.
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