Media Release: Nothing Flakey about finding Australia’s best fish and chips

The second annual search for Australia best fish and chips shop kicks off tomorrow, with over one hundred thousand votes expected to be cast in the national competition.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said she encourages everybody to have their say in the 2018 Australian Fish and Chips Awards.

"Fish and chips are an Australian icon and we all have a favourite local shop," Minister Ruston said.

"There's no time to 'mullet' over, and whether you prefer grilled, battered or crumbed, voting will be hotly contested.

"It is important to recognise the success stories in the seafood industry and the hard work of our fishers who bring the food to our table."

Voting in all states and territories begins tomorrow, and will run for six weeks until 15 September. Winners will be announced in October.

The awards are coordinated by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, in partnership with the state and territory fishing industry councils. Over 2,000 fish and chip shops are registered to date.

There are two categories: a people's choice and a judge's choice. For more information and to vote, go to

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