Seafood frenzy for Easter weekend begins

Thousands of hungry shoppers have flooded to the Sydney Fish Market from the early hours of Good Friday in search of tonnes of seafood for the Easter long weekend.

More than 50,000 people are tipped to pass through the Pyrmont market over the day to snap up some 650 tonnes of seafood.

Carmelo Lombardo from De Costi Seafood said staff had arrived at the markets around 1.30am on Friday and keen seafood lovers weren’t far behind them.

“We thought we’d get a head start but at three o’clock we had customers so we couldn’t say no,” Mr Lombardo said.

Good Friday is the single biggest day of the year for De Costi.

More than 100 different types of seafood is available throughout the market including 25 tonnes of barramundi, 40 tonnes of salmon and 40 tonnes of prawns.

In the 16 to 18 hours the business is open for on Good Friday, Mr Lombaordo expects De Costi to sell between 15 and 20 tonnes of prawns and another 30 to 40 tonnes of other seafood such as oysters, whole fish and fish fillets.

While Barramundi and salmon are usually customer favourites, Sydney Fish Market general manager Bryan Skepper has urged people to try something new.

“Australian fish like mirror dory, eastern school whiting or silver trevally are great alternatives as they are in abundance around Easter, so they make for very affordable and sustainable options,” Mr Skepper said in a statement.

The market’s trade will continue through to 5pm.

The market will be open every other day of the long weekend from 7am to 4pm.

AAP

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