Sydney Fish Market's festive frenzy
RAW VISION: Shoppers and staff struggle to make themselves heard at Sydney Fish Market as 80,000 customers flock to buy seafood during a 36-hour shopping marathon.PT0M45S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2zv9l 620 349 December 24, 2013
A rush of early-risers heading to the Sydney Fish Market to stock up for a Christmas feast clogged the roads around Pyrmont from dawn on Tuesday.
Transport Management Centre spokeswoman Kristin Forbes said traffic began building up around the market from 5am, one day into the market's 36-hour marathon.
So far, the market estimates 80,000 people have stocked up on fish for their Christmas dinner since Monday morning. The marathon ends at 5pm on Tuesday.
Crowds stock up at the Sydney Fish Market on Tuesday morning. Photo: James Brickwood
The traffic gridlock is expected to last until at least lunchtime, Ms Forbes said.
"We’ve still got heavy traffic happening on the Western Distributor, the Pyrmont Bridge off-ramp, on Wattle Street and the Anzac Bridge coming in, and just within Pyrmont itself on all the approaches in the vicinity," she said.
Market general manager Bryan Skepper said thermal imaging showed as many as 80,000 people had visited the market for Christmas and he expected that 100,000 customers will have been served by close of business on Tuesday.
‘‘Yesterday afternoon the number of customers visiting the store dropped off because of the heat," he said.
‘‘As the cool breeze came through, we saw an increase in numbers.’’
Despite the rush, Mr Skepper said customers were calm and in good spirits.
Local sustainable seafood products include mullet, bream, whiting, flathead, kingfish, a variety of oysters, prawns, crabs, and rock lobsters.