Prawns, fish, family festival fun
THE OILY glue that holds Hervey Bay’s seafood industry together will be on show from early morning tomorrow.
Yes, it’s the festival to match all others but this year’s Fraser Lions Seafood Festival is also about an industry under fire.
Earlier this year the Federal Government included an area off Fraser Island among a selection of so-called areas for further assessment.
A productive fishery for the region’s commercial fishing industry, at least part of the area is likely to be cordoned off and established as a no-fish zone, after consultation and analysis is finished.
The AFA announcement by Minister Peter Garrett has triggered the Fraser Coast industry into action, with the potential adverse effects on the region’s economy outlined in stark detail.
While tomorrow’s celebration of the seafood on offer here will be a scrumptious smorgasbord of prawns, scallops, calamari, crabs, whiting and coral trout, the festival will also have a more serious undercurrent.
Queensland Seafood Industry Association president Dr Michael Gardner will attend, while Hinkler MP Paul Neville will use the occasion to confirm his objections to marine-protected areas.
There will also be the usual mix of top competitions with flights to Hong Kong and a pearl bracelet the top prizes on offer.
Tastes of the Bay will also be unveiled with celebrity chef Andrew Mirosch serving up a tasty three-course wild-catch seafood lunch of entirely local product.
The king prawn eating championships will be a feast for the eyes, while the Chronicle’s Butchulla Indigenous art and seafood poetry competition winners will also be announced during the day.
Gates will open in Urangan about 9.30am, and while children under 14 will still be admitted free, a $2 adult admission charge will be collected for the first time.
Parking as usual is at Urangan Point State School at Miller Street.