Ballina Fishermen's Co-op chairman Garry Joblin fears poor catches and the high cost of fuel for trawlers could lead to a shortage of stock for prawns this Christmas.
Ballina Fishermen's Co-op chairman Garry Joblin fears poor catches and the high cost of fuel for trawlers could lead to a shortage of stock for prawns this Christmas. The Northern Star

Prawn catch crisis

WITH the Christmas season demand for prawns looming, Ballina prawn fisherman Garry Joblin is hoping for an end to the industry's 'worst few months in years'.

Mr Joblin, chairman of the Ballina Fisherman's Co-op, said the combination of small catches and high fuel prices was hammering the local industry.

“The recent bad weather, as well as strong winds and swell, is making it hard for the prawn trawlers to get out to sea,” Mr Joblin said.

Rough weather conditions and small catches are a problem along the entire NSW coast. However, the prawns that are being caught are top quality.

“As Christmas brings a higher demand for prawns, the boys are hoping for better weather, and soon,” Mr Joblin said.

“As the warmer months arrive we should have fresh product ready for December.”

Less easily fixed was the problem of high fuel prices, which Mr Joblin said is seriously damaging the industry.



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