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FRESH, LOCAL, AND SAFE SEAFOOD MAKES A SPLASH THIS EASTER

FRESH, LOCAL, AND SAFE SEAFOOD MAKES A SPLASH THIS EASTER

As commercial fishers, fishmongers and oyster farmers prepare for their biggest day of the year on Good Friday, people are being reminded to make sure they know where their seafood comes from this Easter.

Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government is cracking down on unscrupulous operators to help ensure people are bagging fresh, safe and sustainably-sourced seafood this Easter.

“The sale of illegal seafood is appalling and undermines legitimate operators who have already struggled through the pandemic, bushfires and most recently, floods, Mr Saunders said.

“Prawns, oysters, lobster, abalone and fish are staples on most Good Friday tables, which unfortunately leads to a rise in black market activity from illegitimate operators who wish to take advantage of NSW consumers.

“The NSW Government’s Fisheries Compliance Team has been working closely with the Sydney Fish Market to ensure seafood is being sold by genuine established retailers, fishers and farmers.

“It is more important than ever before – after a really difficult few months in the aquaculture sector – to support genuine operators who work tirelessly year round to ensure safe, properly sourced seafood is on our tables this Easter.”

Mr Saunders said the compliance crackdown will weed out any dodgy operators so thousands of visitors can shop local and support smaller, family-owned businesses this Easter.

“It is because of compliance operations like these that NSW is home to some of the best seafood in the world, so head to the fish markets and pile up your plate with the freshest seafood this Easter,” he said.

“Trading hours have been extended at the Sydney Fish Market on Good Friday, in what will be one of its busiest days of the year, so rest assured there will be plenty of time to grab all your Easter favourites.”

To report suspected illegal sale of seafood, illness associated with eating it, or if you believe a retailer has unhygienic practices, contact the NSW Food Authority Helpline on 1300 552 406 or use the online food safety complaint form.

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