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Sydney Fish Market

August 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

On Sunday, we went to the Sydney Fish Market located on Blackwattle Bay, in the Inner West suburb of Pyrmont. The Sydney Fish Market was established in 1945 by the state government and was privatized in 1994. It is the world's third largest fish market. We did not see the fishing port and the wholesale fish market, but the fresh seafood retail market was accessible—if one can say so given that it was so crowded that we could barely fit through the aisles. 

In addition to usual things that you would expect at any fish market, we saw many exotic sea food items:

You do not need to take the sea food home and prepare it, as there are many restaurants and vendors which provide oysters and sushi, but also fried and cooked sea food.


On Christmas Eve 2016, or morning to be precise at 2 am, we visited the Sydney Fish Market again. This is a tradition for people in Sydney as the Market opens each year from 5 am on the 23rd of December for its annual 36-hour seafood marathon. By the time the market closes at 5 pm on the 24th, the six wet fish retailers serve around 100,000 customers about 700 tonnes of seafood; including 200 tonnes of prawns, 900,000 oysters and everything in between. We contributed this year purchasing prawns, tuna, trout and salmon for the holidays. The nightly visit is somewhat strange as you wouldn't expect such a large crowd in a store at that time of the day: 

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