Frank Reardon, a 46-year veteran of the Ballina Fisherman’s Co-op, prepares prawns for sale to Christmas shoppers.
Frank Reardon, a 46-year veteran of the Ballina Fisherman’s Co-op, prepares prawns for sale to Christmas shoppers. Brenden Allen

Fresh local prawns ready for Christmas shoppers

TONNES of prawns are stocked and ready at fishermen's co-ops around the Northern Rivers for today's big buy-up by locals for Christmas lunch and dinner tomorrow.

And with prawns starting at $25 a kilo, the crustacean is tantalising for thieves, as well as hungry locals.

Evans Head Fisherman's Co-op was robbed of 200 kilograms of prawns twice, once in 2005 and then in 2006, in the lead-up to Christmas.

Last year, the co-op installed a security system and upgraded its locks, and since then would-be thieves have been disappointed.

However, they remain high on the hit-list of thieves, with a Clarence River fisherman being relieved of 120 kilograms of prawns from his trawler at Iluka only yesterday.

Ballina Fisherman's Co-op manager George Robertson said those prawns were headed for his the co-operative.

“But we've got plenty of good quality prawns,” he said.

Mr Robertson said he was not too worried about prawns heist this close to Christmas.

“We have plenty of security and we have never had a problem,” he said.

In fact, the Ballina co-op has three tonnes of prawns waiting for Christmas crowds today from 6am.

Mr Robertson said people don't not mind paying for good quality prawns.

“The most popular items are bugs, spanner crabs, oysters and prawns,” he said.

“People mainly like a cold menu for Christmas Day.”

Brunswick-Byron Fishermen's Co-op manager Ted Nolan said he had a tonne of prawns ready to go, with the co-op open from 8am until 8pm.

The Evans Head Fishermen's Co-op will open today from 6am.



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