Sydney Fish Market is organising a fundraiser auction on May 11 to help NSW oyster farmers recover, after the industry was hit by flooding before the Easter break, extreme weather conditions and bushfires last year.
Sydney Fish Market is working with OceanWatch Australia and The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room to help recover up to three years of oyster stocks lost.
Australian artist Ken Done exclusively created his own sketch artwork and The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room donated a year’s supply of oysters to be auctioned to the public.
“As the biggest seafood trader in the southern hemisphere, it’s important that we help support an industry that supports us,” said Sydney Fish Market CEO, Greg Dyer.
“The oyster takes two to three years to mature, and any interference can be devastating.
“It’s now crucial that we work to ensure vital habitat and farming infrastructure is protected and supported for recovery and a sustainable future, so we’re delighted to host this auction raising funds to help tackle that.”
The money that will be raised during the auction will be donated to the non-profit environmental organisation, OceanWatch Australia, which tackles how to advance sustainability in the Australian seafood sector. The group will help in distributing the funds to support marine farming infrastructure across the NSW coast.
“Australia is surrounded by one of the world’s cleanest marine environments, with an enviable reputation for producing clean and green seafood,” said Lowri Pryce, CEO, OceanWatch Australia.
“Our role is to help protect this, for a sustainable future within the seafood industry. This event is a wonderful initiative to help support the struggling NSW oyster farmers, helping to protect their industry and the environment on which they rely for a sustainable future.”
Radio broadcaster, Ray Hadley, will host the event and The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room chef Sean Connolly will curate the night’s oyster menu.