09/07/2020 | Tim Whetstone MP

Seafood lovers and recreational fishers are being encouraged to consider new artisan fish species when next thinking about what to put on the dinner table or when casting a line.

The Same Dish, New Fish campaign launched today highlights the abundance of seafood choices available in South Australia and how different fish can be used in our favourite dishes.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said South Australia is home to amazing seafood all year round but many of our fantastic species were unknown to consumers.

“Traditionally, seafood consumers have gravitated to familiar purchased species like: King George whiting, southern garfish, snapper and blue swimmer crab,” said Minister Whetstone.

“Everyone knows these species are in demand, so it is what is often available. But things are changing.

“As fisheries are managed in a sustainable way in this state, these species are not always available, or may be more expensive. We have a number of new artisan species increasingly becoming available we want seafood consumers to be on the lookout for.

“It’s exciting to see more and more South Australian mulloway, octopus, sardine, sand crab, salmon trout and snook at the local fishmonger’s and in our restaurants. I encourage people to try them when it is available.

“The ‘Same Dish, New Fish’ campaign aims to help seafood consumers and recreational fishers with tips on how best to prepare and cook these artisan species.”

SA Food and Wine Ambassador Callum Hann believes the Same Dish, New Fish campaign is a great way of showing how people can substitute various fish species so they can discover and enjoy the wide variety of local seafood that is available.

“I am a proud South Australia and I believe we have some of the best seafood in the world,” said Mr Hann.

“I think we have an untapped foodie heaven right here in our local waters and it is great and practical way to show people just what they are missing out on. Some of the state’s best kept seafood secrets are about to be revealed to all.

“Next time you create a seafood dish at home try something different. Winter is the perfect time to bake a fish pie with Mulloway, or try spaghetti with sardines, fennel and garlic. Not only is Same Dish, New Fish a great kitchen challenge but you are also doing your bit to support our fisheries and contribute to a sustainable South Australian seafood industry.”

Visit www.samedishnewfish.sa.gov.au to access recipes, videos, articles, catch tips and educational resources.