SAFETY Bay shop Bayside Fish and Chips is coming second in a statewide online poll to find Australia’s best shop.
The Safety Bay shop so far has 366 votes, trailing the Albany-based Ocean and Paddock shop with 380 votes.
The Port Kennedy Chippy shop was coming fifth with 263 votes.
More than 160 different outlets from all around WA have entered the competition. which was launched earlier this month as part of the State Seafood Awards.
The People’s Choice Best Fish and Chips competition, run jointly by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and various peak bodies like WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC), will see the winner from each state and territory gain automatic entry to the National Seafood Industry Awards to be held in Sydney in late September.
Voting in the WA leg of the competition is open until July 1 with fish and chip lovers encouraged to go online at www.fishandchipsawards.com.au/Vote to vote.
The WA Fishing Industry Council is also very keen for readers to nominate candidates for the other 11 categories in the State Seafood Awards: Best Seafood Restaurant; Seafood Industry Producer; Seafood Business (large); Seafood Business (small); Safety; Research Development and Extension; Environment; People Development; Seafood Industry Promotion; Young Achiever; and the Michael Kailis Leadership Award.
The State Seafood Awards will be held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle on August 3.
For more information on nominations or tickets, visit www.wafic.org.au/event/2017-state-seafood-awards.
Meanwhile, the WAFIC has embarked on a new campaign to educate the public about tasty choices offered by some of WA’s lesser known species of seafood such as Robinson’s bream and sand snapper.