Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is encouraging families in Cowper to vote for their favorite local fish and chips in the Australian Fish and Chips Awards.
The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation has worked with State and Territory fishing industry councils to launch the Australian Fish and Chips Awards, with the winners to be announced at the National Seafood Industry Awards in September. The awards aim to promote Australia’s sustainably harvested seafood.
Mr Hartsuyker visited the Coffs Harbour Fishermans’ Cooperative today (Monday) on his quest to find the best local fish and chips.
“Could you think of a better place than the Cowper electorate to enjoy a treat of fish and chips?” Mr Hartsuyker asked.
“We’ve got the freshest seafood, delicious local potatoes, fantastic scenery, and some of the best fish and chip shops anywhere.
“I urge everyone to visit a selection of our local fish and chip merchants, test their offerings, then visit www.fishandchipsawards.com.au to lodge your vote.
“If your sole experience with fish and chips is the highly processed frozen stuff available at the supermarket, get down to your local fish and chip shop to try some fresh, sustainably harvested Australian seafood. You’ll be hooked!
“I don’t want to carp on about these awards, but I encourage everyone to get out this weekend to buy some fish and chips and vote for your favorite.”
Did you know?
• The first recorded combination of fish and chips was in 1860 in a London shop owned by Jewish migrant Joseph Malin;
• The first Australian fish and chip shop is often credited to Greek migrant Athanasias Comino, who opened his shop in 1879 on Sydney’s Oxford Street;
• Australia has an estimated 4,000 fish and chip shops;
• Australia’s sustainable management of wild fisheries is world-leading;
• Government observers travel regularly on fishing boats to ensure compliance to quotas, bycatch limits and other regulations.