Prawns the top choice this Christmas
DESPITE the local prawn season coming to an end, Urangan Fisheries expect to sell several tonnes of them to customers in the days leading up to Christmas.
Urangan Fisheries shop retail manager Linda Carsley said her shop's phone had been rung off the hook with customer enquiries into prawn prices and shop trading hours.
"We open from 6.30am on Christmas Eve until 5.30pm and will have extra counter staff and 'runners' topping up the prawns in the display cabinet," she said.
"More people are choosing to stay home for Christmas Day and that is why prawns are becoming more popular as they are easy."
While the shop sells only wild-caught prawns, the farmed-prawn industry has also been able to cash in.
Australian Prawn Farmers Association president Matt West said prawn sales across the nation had always increased throughout the November and December months.
"The sale of prawns ramps up at Melbourne Cup and keeps going up to Christmas, petering off at around Easter time," he said.
"Overall about 15,000 metric tonnes of prawns, either farmed or caught, are produced in Australia every year and there has been a 20 per cent increase in consumer demand annually," he said.
Mr West said about 5,000 of those metric tonnes were farmed prawns grown in Queensland and northern New South Wales.
While Mr West prefers a Tiger prawn, Ms Carsley said there many delicious types available.
"You can have the tiger prawns, red spot kings and the endeavour prawns plus others," she said.