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Tobin Fish Tales fish and chip store, Townsville

The story behind Tobin Fish Tales

                                           every fish has a story 

Tobin Fish Tales, in North Ward, Townsville, is all about quality fresh seafood, fish and chips, local seafood source, sustainability, stories about fish, fishers and fisheries.

We love everything about Australian, particularly Queensland, and especially Great Barrier Reef, seafood.

Our end-game is to provide consumers with seafood from sustainable, primarily local sources, plus information about their choice. Interested customers will be able to know where their seafood and fish and chips came from, learn about the fishers who caught it, about how each species is managed, and more!

Tobin family

The story of the Tobins!

Andrew and Renae Tobin both have doctorates in fisheries science, with over 40 years combined experience.


We have also been licenced Queensland commercial fishers for >20 years; and we are GBRMPA Reef Guardian Fishers, meaning we do that bit more to care for the Great Barrier Reef and the fish we catch for you.


Andrew and Renae regularly advise all levels of government, NGOs and fishing industry members on issues concerning sustainability, conservation and stewardship of the environment and fish resources.


With this experience, and a passion for the Australian seafood industry, we aim to bring high quality fresh, local seafood directly to you!


Come and say 'hi' and ask us the 'tale' behind your seafood.

Queensland and National Fish and Chip Awards

Our Awards

Since we opened our little store in 2015, we have been fortunate to have been nominated for and won a number of great awards, including:

- Townsville Bulletin’s Best Fish and Chips 2017

- Triple M’s Best Fish and Chips 2018

- FRDC’s Judges Choice for Qld in their Fish and Chip Awards

- FRDC’s NATIONAL Fish and Chip Award in 2019

- EatQld Champions 2020

- Top 5 of Qld’s Fish and Chip stores for the delicious Australia 100 Best of the Best 2023

- Finalists for the Qld Seafood Marketers Association Small Business Award, 2024

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