Enough fresh prawns for all Aussie families this Christmas
QUEENSLAND and NSW families will be able to enjoy plenty of the Australian Christmas fare, prawns, with no shortages predicted ahead of the festive season.
Queensland Seafood Industry Association chairman Michael Gardner said trawlers have been raking in mainly bait prawns on boats in Moreton Bay while there have been less catches of high end prawns, like ocean king and tiger prawns.
But Mr Gardner said there would be no shortage of product this year.
He said families tended to lean towards buying the bigger prawns over Christmas which would range between $30-$40 a kg.
The imported product, which usually is at the lower end of the price scale, will still appeal to the budget-conscious consumers.
Mr Gardner recommended consumers head to their local seafood shops and co-operatives for high-end product.
Prawn supplies in the Clarence River area, including Yamba and Iluka, have also been "very positive".
"We have more product than what we did this year but we would have liked mother nature to be a bit kinder," Clarence River Fishermen's Co-Operative general manager Danielle Adams said.
Ms Adams said there were plenty of tiger prawns but not as many school prawns.
Ms Adams said a kilogram of king prawns ranged between $25-$40 while school prawns were between $10-$18.
The Clarence River Co-op supplies Yamba and school prawns to Woolworths supermarkets from Brisbane to Sydney.
For Queensland fishermen, the comfortable Christmas supplies top off an average year.
"The issues facing fishermen relate to the amount of product they are catching, the prices they are getting and operational costs," Mr Gardner said.
Prices were static and operation costs were escalating, he added.
"The have been times in the year where the industry has struggled," he said.
"I think in general terms it has been a fairly average year."