March Seafood Market Update
Fresh Local Seafood:
Our popular fresh fish lines are guaranteed local Australian products that are caught from the trawlers and straight to your plate. In our extensive range, we have sought after species of Red Emperor, East Coast Gold Band Snapper, Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon, and Swordfish. In addition, we can also supply fresh local Ocean King Prawns and local Tiger Prawns, both of which are available in large and medium sizes.
All our fresh fish fillets are processed at HACCP certified operations, with most local species of fish available and packaged in convenient 5Kg units, and can be ordered for next day delivery. Please ensure that your orders are place by 12pm midday Tuesday to Friday for next day delivery.
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As mentioned in previous blogs, AQIS have continued a crackdown of illegal prawns in the market; in particular, natural prawn cutlets and prawn meat, with many of the importers turning containers around which has resulted in drastic shortages in stock and a continued spike in cost prices. The concern with the imported prawns is that they are susceptible to what is known as White Spot disease which has a dramatic effect of killing off prawn population over a 10 day period. Australia was free of this issue up until December 2016 and there are now five confirmed outbreaks to local prawn farmers in the corner of South-East Queensland. A seventh prawn farm in South-East Queensland has also been affected by the white spot disease. The six month ban on imported product imposed by the Queensland Government on the 9th January 2017 is still in place with no indication of future importation of green prawns from South-East Asia. Unfortunately, the outcome of this can only lead to further refusal of imported prawns and the escalation of the cost of local products. For further details, please click here
We have however, managed to secure sufficiently large quantities of the natural prawns from Argentina which should ease the situation well into 2017. We are still seeing continuing price rises in scallops and squid from overseas due to the shortage of raw materials, which is reflected in the increases of cost prices, however we still have sufficient levels of stock previously secured.
Latest news from Prawn trawlers indicate that good catches of medium prawns are being recorded and hopefully this will result in a decrease in current prices.
There is also stock levels of local half-shell scallops in 20/30 (#20962) and 40/60 (32967) grading that make a great addition to your centre of plate.
As mentioned previously, there are still shortages occurring in local smoked salmon, however we have secured ample supply of good quality, imported Danish Salmon as an alternative. In addition, we also currently have good stock levels of Tasmanian Smoked Salmon (#25391).
If you’re after some excellent local oysters, we currently have some high quality, daily shucked oysters from Tasmania available for all your requirements that are currently in peak condition. We have ample stock levels of frozen oysters from New Zealand and Tasmania as an alternative product to the freshly shucked oyster.
~ George S.