Mystery of the Christmas prawn

FISHERS say there will be no problem getting prawns this Christmas but retailers are not so sure.

And Fisheries managers are on the fence saying numbers always fluctuate.

According to prominent seller John Lindsay, prawns have not been plentiful on the east coast so far this season.

“Some years it is just like that – last year was a really good year but this year they have just not been showing up,” Mr Lindsay said.

Coffs Fish Co-Operative seafood manager, Shane Geary stepped in to say there was no need to panic.

“The season in Queensland got off to a slow start but the prawns are starting to run now.

“Our own boats have been bringing fresh prawns . . . there will be plenty of both fresh and frozen prawns for Christmas,” he said.

Andrew Goulstone from Industries and Investment NSW said cold currents and river flood freshwater do push prawns further out to sea ‘but that can turn around at any time’.



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