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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 16th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 16, 2009 11 www.innerwestcourier.com.au NEWS Fishmongers in changing times Courier reporter LANA LAM and photographer PHIL BLATCH tour Sydney Fish Markets as seafood is sold by a mix of high-tech and old-style auctions Valuable tuna is auctioned at the Fish Markets. Above right: Stadium seating allows 1000 crates of seafood to sell per hour. Pictures: ~PP297071, ~PP297070 Bidding is fierce at dawn as Sydney's seafood is sold. A gallery of pictures can be viewed at innerwestcourier.com.au EVERY weekday at 4am, dozens of fishmongers (mostly men) gather in an unheated warehouse at the Sydney Fish Markets and cast their eyes over crate after crate of fresh seafood. They inspect everything from Macleay River Co-op octopus, Crystal Bay barramundi, and Clarence River prawns to gummy sharks and garfish. At 5.30am, the largest seafood auction in the southern hemi- sphere starts, and about 2700 crates will be sold before 9am. There are two types of auctions: a digital Dutch auction and two open-bidding verbal auctions. For the Dutch auction, buyers place their bids via data-entry boxes built into desks. This sys- tem, introduced in 1989 and up- graded in 2004, allows about 1000 crates to be sold each hour, com- pared to 300 under the open bid- ding system. Traditional auctions have been kept for two two types of seafood: sashimi-quality and crustaceans. Buyers call out prices, a fast- talking auctioneer keeps them under control, and dozens of crates are sold in under a minute. It's Friday just before 8am and in the sashimi pavilion, there are about 50 large yellowfin tuna and a handful of swordfish on display. ''Friday is our biggest day,'' said auctioneer Jamie Toole, who used to be a buyer before jumping over the counter. ''They said I didn't need train- ing because I'm loud enough already,'' he joked. The verbal auctions means buyers can ''come in and target that one fish that they really need'', Mr Toole said. Each tuna has a small chunk cut out near its tail so the buyers can see how much oil is in the fish and evaluate the colour of the flesh and the fat lining. Bidding jumps in 50c in- crements, with a 61.5kg yellowfin sold for $145.75 ($10.50/kg) while a swordfish weighing 125kg sold for $1500 ($12 per kg). • Custom Design • Professional Installation • Project Coordination Over 20 Years Experience in KITCHEN & BATHROOM RENOVATIONS Tr usted Aussie Name" 161233_AXA $3000 OFF thepriceofyournewkitchenrenovation*1 $1000 with your complete bathroom renovation*2 BONUS TILES 10 10 ALEXANDRIA SUPERSTORE 8339 7311 84 O'Riordan St, Inside Domayne® Centre AUBURN SUPERSTORE 9202 4545 250 Parramatta Rd, Inside Harvey Norman® Centre SHOWROOMS: Located in Harvey Norman® Bathroom &Tile Centres BALGOWLAH 176-190 Condamine St. CARINGBAH 41-49 Willarong Rd. CASTLE HILL Cnr Showground Rd. &Victoria Ave. www.harveynormanrenovations.com.au HarveyNorman® stores are operated by independent franchisees. Offers *1 and *2 are valid from 01/07/09 to 31/07/09 and are not available with any other promotional offer. *1 When a customer makes a purchase of kitchen cabinets complete with doors to a total price of $10,000 or more during the promotional period, the customer is entitled to receive $3,000 off the total price of the complete kitchen renovation contract. This offer becomes invalid on the cancellation of purchase. A purchase is made by signing a Harvey Norman Renovations Kitchen contract and paying the required deposit amount. *2 When a customer makes a purchase of a complete bathroom renovation to the value of $17,000 or more during the promotional peiod, the customer is entitled to receive bonus tiles of their choice from the range available at Harvey Norman to the maximum total value of $1,000. *3. Terms and conditions apply, see Harvey Norman Renovation Auburn and Alexandria Showrooms for details. All building works carried out by Carsille Pty Ltd ACN 003 396 487, Builder's licence number 42461.
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