Monday to Friday: 7.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 7.00am to 2.00pm
The Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative Wholesale Department receives seafood from our fishermen, checks its quality, packs it with ice, and undertakes the marketing of the product to the Co-operative’s retail outlets, to businesses in the region and to our major business partner, the Sydney Fish Market.
Most of our fishermen work on smaller vessels in the waters of the Coffs Coast and return to port every day. The fishermen utilise fishing methods such as trapping, trolling, long-line fishing, beach hauling, hand lining, netting and trawling. The close proximity to the fishing grounds ensures exceptionally good quality and freshness of seafood.
Moreover, as the waters of Coffs Coast are where the warmer ocean current from the North merges with the colder current from the South, we are able to offer a diverse range of warm and cold water seafood all year round.
We generally operate an online wholesale auction from Monday to Friday at 8 AM. If you would like to buy from this auction, please register at Australian Fish Auctions. If you are interested in buying directly from us, please contact Joshua Cook at 0423 016 902.
Buyers can be confident that they are receiving some of the best fish available in Australia.
We believe that our wild harvest seafood is superior to farmed and imported.
On most days when the weather is reasonable and the seas are calm, you will find snapper, pearl perch, eastern king prawn (cooked and green), flake, flathead, whiting, local bugs, octopus and cuttlefish. We store live lobster and in season, mud crabs and spanner crabs in the Co-operative’s holding tanks.
During the year, as fish come and go, you may find: sea mullet, luderick, silver bream, blue-eye cod, ray’s bream, yellowtail kingfish, samson, yellowfin tuna, blue-eye trevalla, swordfish, leatherjackets, spotted and spanish mackerel, mahi-mahi, albacore, mulloway, teraglin, flounder, goat fish, striped marlin, garfish, white bait and a lot more. During the Eastern Tuna season, we offer sashimi grade tuna on most days. Seasonal seafood includes fresh scallops, blue swimmer crabs, spanner crabs and mud crabs.
Wholesale Seafood Operations also offer ice and bait for sale to the public.
Educational tours of the Wholesale Seafood Operations for school & university students and visitor groups are conducted by prior arrangement. We offer such tours as a means of promoting the commercial fishing industry and the excellence of our seafood.
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.
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.
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.