THE FISH WE SELL DAILY IS THE FISH WE CATCH DAILY!
There is a myth that all our local seafood goes directly to the Sydney Fish Markets and then if our co-op needs products then we buy it back from the Sydney Fish Markets. THAT IS FALSE!!
Our local fishermen are the shareholders of the Wallis Lake Fish Co-op and therefore own it. It works in their best interest to sell the products locally and then send the remaining catch to the markets in Sydney. Not only do they save on transport costs, they can also ensure that the freshest and best quality product is kept here in their local community. Product is sent to Sydney 4 times per week and our seafood is known to buyers on the auction floor as one of the best.
The fish co-op shop and wholesale gets the pick of the daily catches as it arrives in off the boats, this ensures we can provide locals and tourists the freshest local seafood in our area everyday of the year. The fishermen catch fresh product and expect the public to be able to eat fresh.
The Co-op shop is the one place in the area that you can be guaranteed of the freshness. The shop is open from 8am, 7 days a week. Except Christmas Day and ANZAC Day.
Fish, fillets, prawns, crabs, lobsters and oysters that are sold at the fish co-op shop are locally caught and are guaranteed to be the freshest seafood you can buy in the area. The retail and wholesale outlets only sell products that are caught here by our fishermen.* So, you can be guaranteed that the product is fresh.
*(EXCEPTIONS - Atlantic Salmon and Barramudi is sourced from outside our area and if there are no fresh prawns being caught locally or in the surrounding areas then we need to source them from other co-ops eg. Coffs Co-op, Ballina Co-op, Clarence Co-op etc OR we occasionally use frozen QLD wild caught prawns as a substitute).
The annual turnover of the Wallis Lake Fishermen's Co-op is around $7 million per year. We are in the top '100 Co-operatives, Credit unions and Mutuals' by annual turnover in Australia.
Our fishermen include 2 local trawling boats (fish/prawns), 7 lobster fishermen, 8 Ocean Trap and Line boats, and around 35 lake fishermen (crabs, fish and prawns)!
We catch around 80% of the NSW caught Blue Swimmer Crabs sold at Sydney Fish Market annually.