Future uncertain for local Sam's Seafood
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
DESPITE Gladstone sitting on the fringes of the Great Barrier Reef, finding good local seafood could soon be impossible.
News this week that Sam's Seafood had gone into administration means there could soon be only one seafood outlet operating locally.
Yesterday Gladstone's Sam's Seafood outlet was open, but the future looks uncertain.
Local management would not comment on the issue, instead referring media to their administrators Deloites.
With a number of wholesalers and retail outlets closing their doors in recent years, it appears that Urangan Fisheries is the only other dedicated fresh seafood outlet operating in Gladstone.
And Urangan's operations manager Steve Armstrong said running a seafood outlet was getting harder and harder. "It's not easy. There's no great market here anymore,' Mr Armstrong said.
Mr Armstrong said with a stronger seafood market in areas like Brisbane and the Gold Coast, many local trawler operators chose to send their product south, making it difficult for local retailers to secure supply.
Queensland Seafood Industry Association line fishing delegate Ray Gordon said he was not surprised the local seafood industry was floundering.