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Seafood tops list for festive fare

Michael Doblo has plenty of prawns – one of the most popular meats on the menu at Christmas – ready for seafood lovers.
Michael Doblo has plenty of prawns – one of the most popular meats on the menu at Christmas – ready for seafood lovers. Allan Reinikka

'TIS the season to eat and be merry, and for a lot of Queenslanders that means de-shelling your fair share of fresh prawns.

Seafood is expected to top Queenslanders' shopping lists again this Christmas, with another bumper season of product predicted by retailers and fishers.

Michael Doblo, owner of Doblo's Seafood on Yaamba Rd in Rockhampton, said they had "stocked up big" in preparation for Santa's arrival.

"Prawns are the big-seller," he said.

"We've already sold a couple of hundred kilos of them today (yesterday) so we'll go through close to a tonne by next week."

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said Australians consume about 18kg of seafood each year, with Queensland's fisheries contributing about 33,000 tonnes to national production.

"Seafood has become a tradition for special occasions such as Christmas, but it's also becoming more recognised as an everyday all season meal too," Mr McVeigh said.

Michael said barramundi, sweetlip and spanish mackerel were the most popular fish, as well as Moreton Bay bugs and oysters.

After 30 years in the industry, Michael and his family recently sold their second seafood store at the Glenmore Shopping Village, but Michael said they were just as busy.

"It's started picking up this week," he said.

"I'll be glad when it's finally Tuesday."

The store will be open until 7.30pm today and tomorrow, but will close at 5.30pm on Christmas Eve.

TOP-SELLING SEAFOOD

  • Large cooked banana prawns: $25.50/kg
  • Spanish mackerel: $23.90/kg
  • Barramundi: $26/kg
  • Sweetlip: $28
  • Moreton Bay Bug: $35/kg

Topics:  christmas, editors picks, seafood



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