Crayfish back on the menu
Cooked crayfish will be well and truly on the menu following Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-Operative’s acquisition of well-known fish and chips shop Barnacles on the Wharf.
A City of Greater Geraldton spokesperson said the decision aligned with Fisheries minister Dave Kelly’s vision to see Western Australia’s lobster industry thrive and boost tourism.
Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was great to see local fishermen and the fishermen’s cooperative delivering the Minister’s goal.
“Geraldton is well-known for its crayfishing industry and having it available at a popular café such as Barnacles makes the product more accessible, affordable and is a big step forward for tourism,” he said.
“The local fishing industry is a major part of our economy and they’re doing their part to ensure the industry continues to grow and thrive.
“Geraldton is also making a bid to be the regional host for the Western Rock Lobster Festival, and I believe the GFC’s decision to acquire Barnacles and introduce lobster strengthens our position to host it.”
Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-Operative’s chief executive Matt Rutter said the purchase of Barnacles in October was underpinned by the Co-Op’s strategy to expand into complimentary business streams such as retail and tourism.
“Since 1950, GFC has been connecting its fishers to customers at home and abroad. The purchase of Barnacles is a natural next chapter in our history,” he said.
“We export worldwide and see significant opportunities to link food exports with food tourism, including in the huge China market where GFC actively promotes Western Australia via its wholly owned China company and lobster facilities.
“We are looking forward to working with the City of Greater Geraldton, the Mid West Ports Authority and other stakeholders to create a unique fishing boat harbour dining experience.”
However the Mayor said he did not support a state-owned lobster quota and believed an industry-led solution would ensure longevity and sustainability of the industry for professional fishermen and recreational fishers alike.
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