Sydney Fish Market Easter frenzy underway

Sydney Fish Market Easter frenzy underway

Offshore Technology International -
Eager seafood shoppers have flocked to the Sydney Fish Market to snap up Easter supplies on its busiest day of the year.

Sellers are expecting to move 650 tonnes of seafood over the long weekend, and about 50,000 people are expected to pass through the doors.

Things got underway before dawn on Friday when the market threw open its doors at 5am.

Market manager Bryan Skepper says the 'early bird' shoppers got things started ahead of an expected peak at lunch time.

'We noticed quite a few families with young children still in their pyjamas coming in to get their seafood,' he told AAP on Friday.

'The weather's with us this year, it's a beautiful day. It's really a bonus for us.'

Mr Skepper said Easter was mostly about fish, and popular choices have so far been snapper, barramundi and ocean jackets, however pipis have also been selling well as an alternative.

Prawns are also popular no matter what time of the year, Mr Skepper added.

The Good Friday trade requires major logistical planning, which began months ago. Parking, product delivery and waste management is carefully thought out.

'It's a bit like going to a major sporting event - you're all pumped up for a big day,' Mr Skepper said.

'It's a lot of fun, although the work is very, very hard. By the time the day's over you're exhausted, but you feel great.'

This year there is also a new ferry service running from Barangaroo to the market.

The crowds are expected to trigger traffic chaos around the waterfront market and special clearways will be in place from 3am until 7pm.

On the upside, sustainable fisheries have made Australia's industry a world leader in ethical production, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said.

'I know our fishers have been working hard to ensure Australians have access to high-quality seafood fresh off the boat, and I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy that produce this Good Friday,' she said in a statement.

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