Evans Head skipper Peter MacHunter unloads a fresh catch of king prawns at the Evans Head Fishermen’s Co-op after a boom start to 2010.
Evans Head skipper Peter MacHunter unloads a fresh catch of king prawns at the Evans Head Fishermen’s Co-op after a boom start to 2010. DAVID NIELSEN

Prawns in for the long haul

IT HAS been a bumper season for prawns so far this summer and the future is looking even brighter.

Evans Head Fishermen’s Co-op chairman Kev Aleckson had a smile on his face yesterday as he attributed the plentiful catches to the abundance of nutrient-rich floodwater in the estuaries – and the lack of any fish kills this year.

The floods can literally bring fortune or ruin as SCU researchers have now pin-pointed the cause of fish kills over recent years. A two-year study led by Dr Vanessa Wong found the kills were caused from de-oxygenated floodwater draining too quickly into the main river.

“We’re getting great catches at the moment but the market could be better,” Mr Aleckson said.

To improve their returns, the co-op has expanded its retail shop and is now spreading the word.

“Everything we catch is available to the public straight off the boat at virtually wholesale prices,” he said.

The co-op shop is now open every day, except Christmas, from 8am to 2pm.



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