When Tourist Humans come to visit Sydney, one of the famous places they always go see is the Sydney Fish Market – and lots of Sydney people go there too to buy fresh seafood yummies!
The Sydney Fish Market is the biggest one like it in the bottom half of the world (Southern Hemisphere) – and the 2nd biggest in the world, after Japan, for the number and differents kinds of seafood sold. It sells about 50 tonnes of fresh seafood every day – wow, that’s a lot of fishies! – and has about 2 million people come to visit every year.
The Sydney Fish Market is in a part of Sydney called Pyrmont and that’s the area that my humans love to take me walking (remember my busy weekend where I did a big walk along the wharves and then had breakfast at a cafe?) – so I get to pass by the Sydney Fish Market every week!
And last week, I got to stop and have a peek. It is usually very busy, especially in the mornings – because every week day, at 5:30am, they have special auctions to sell all the fish and other seafood that the fisherman catch and bring in. They sell about 20,000 kg of seafood every hour at these auctions!
Unfortunately, they don’t allow any doggies in the fish market, except for Guide Doggies and other Service Doggies, so I couldn’t really go in to see it properly – but I did get to see a lot of the fishing boats outside!
The Sydney Fish Market is very good about doing something called “sustainability” which means that they are careful about where the fisherman catch the fish in the sea and how much they catch every day – so that they don’t take too many. This way, the baby fish have a chance to grow up and make more baby fish – and so the fish don’t all die and disappear…and then we would have no more fishies, ever!
For example, tuna fish are facing extinction now because people are over-fishing them and also catching them in a mean way, which hurts many other types of sea animals too.
My humans are always careful when they buy tuna to make sure that the company which sells them is “dolphin-friendly”. They also check the kind of tuna they are buying or eating and try to make sure that it’s NOT Yellowfin Tuna (aka ‘Tuna Ahi’ – this kind of tuna is often caught using big nets which catch lots of other innocent sea animals and kill thousands of dolphins every year) or Bluefin Tuna (this is the kind people like in sashimi & tuna steak). These kinds of tunas are really endangered from over-fishing PLUS they are much bigger fish, so they have much more of the yucky stuff called mercury in their bodies, which is poisonous and bad for you. The best kind of tuna to eat is called Skipjack Tuna (aka Striped Tuna) coz there are still many of them in the sea and they’re much smaller, so they don’t have so much mercury in their bodies!
But it isn’t just tuna – you should think about all other kinds of fish too, even fish that are in fish farms (like salmon), which are often crowded together so they are very sickly and then given yucky medicines & hormones to make them look fatter and better (did you know that what’s called “Atlantic Salmon” is really all raised in fish farms and they don’t get to swim free in the sea and eat those little baby shrimp called krill, which is what makes them pink – so they are fed dyes to make them look the right colour! ) – so you have to be very careful these days when buying and eating fish and it’s always a good idea to ask more questions about where the fish came from and how it was caught – and try to buy/eat from places that support “sustainability”.
If you want more information, here is a great guide which helps you make “ocean-friendly choices” and work out which fish to buy and which to avoid, how to find good substitutes for those and which fish are good for your health – you can even download it as an app in your iPhone machine so that you always have the information with you whenever you are out shopping or eating! http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_recommendations.aspx
Well, although I couldn’t go in to the fish market to take a proper look around, my humans went by themselves on another day – so I can show you their pictures!
They were supposed to go super early to watch the auctions – ‘coz that’s what all visitors should do – but my humans were very lazy and so they only got there early enough…to have an early lunch!
The most popular choices are the “seafood platters” – which is a big plate full of all kinds of different seafood, that you can share. You can get it steamed, grilled, deep-fried, cold salad…guess which kind my humans got?
The super unhealthy but super yummy, crispy, Deep-Fried version!
Yes, my health-freak human, Paul, nearly had a heart attack just looking at that plate – but he said that it looked and smelled so yummy, he was seduced to the Dark Side….
Even after the auctions are finished, the Sydney Fish Market is open all day and there are lots of restaurants & cafes there selling seafood yummies – all super fresh! So lots of people like to just go there to eat…the place is really buzzing at lunch time!
And after you finish stuffing your face, you can mooch around the shops selling more seafood yummies, which you can then take home to cook yourself…
…although since my human, Hsin-Yi, is such a terrible cook, I’m glad she decided to just stick with munching the seafood yummies there. Prawns & shrimps are her favourite and she had so many that day, she nearly came home all red and itchy and scratchy!
Don’t worry – my humans brought some leftovers of that seafood platter home for me (& Muesli too), although they forgot to get photos of us eating it. Mm-mm…I think those little baby octopus things were my favourite!
ps. Sorry – we’ve been having a busy time over the Easter break so we’ve fallen behind again on visiting our blog friends…but we’ll be coming round to catch up on all your news as soon as we can!
pps. Thank you to everybody who went over to visit Hsin-Yi’s own blog! But please stop saying nice things to her about her new blog & her writing – you are making her head blow up so big, it might not fit through the front door anymore next time she takes me out for my walk!!