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This seafood subscription delivers fresh fish to your house

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Fresh fish for dinner is both healthy and delicious, but getting to the Sydney Fish Markets on a regular basis can be tricky so one enterprising business has solved that issue by opening an online seafood service offering over 200 items that can be delivered to your home. Manettas Seafood Market opened in late 2016, but six months ago they decided to add the element of surprise to their deliveries with a subscription seafood service that delivers fresh fish and shellfish to your house for $11 per person, per meal. The fun part is that you don't know what you'll be getting.

Well, that's not strictly true. The most common order is two people for two days, which would mean you get two fillets for one dinner, two whole fish for another, and something fun and interesting to play around with like fresh school prawns or pippies. The fillets might be barramundi snapper, John Dory, marlin steaks, garfish fillets or saddlletail snapper. The whole fish could be baby snapper, New Zealand flounder, and even mackerel.

"Whatever we cut fresh on that morning is what we ship out on that day," says Peter Manettas. To make the deal even sweeter they don't charge for shipping and are very generous with their delivery borders: they go as far west as Penrith, south to Hinchinbrook and up north to Bayview. 

"We saw that people were sticking to the same things when they were ordering off us – people are every comfortable ordering salmon and barramundi – and we wanted to get them to explore new things," says Manettas. The deliveries come with explanations of your bounty, recipes and ways to prepare each item so you're not cooking in the dark, and they time their deliveries around you so that your fish can go straight in the fridge on arrival.

To sign up for Manettas Seafood Subscription visit the website, make an account and then head to the "Ready to Cook" menu. 

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