SOMETHING FISHY: Gladstone Fish Markets owner Simon Whittingham has all the seafood you could hope for this Easter.
SOMETHING FISHY: Gladstone Fish Markets owner Simon Whittingham has all the seafood you could hope for this Easter. Declan Cooley

Prawns galore in Gladstone for holy holiday

THERE are few things better in life than peeling back prawns and getting stuck into fresh seafood at Easter.

If you're thinking about stocking up on supplies for lunch or dinner you better hurry because Gladstone's fishmongers are selling it faster than they can catch it.

Captain Devlon Wise was busting a sweat yesterday as he moved about a tonne of prawns from his trawler into the hands, and eventually stomachs, of local seafood lovers.

"It's been pretty good today," he said.

"We've got about a tonne of banana prawns that we caught off Tannum Sands.

"We started selling down [at the marina] at 10.30am and we're nearly done," Capt Wise said.

Around the corner at Gladstone Fish Markets Simon Whittingham said his turnover had been steady so far but that usually today and Friday were his busiest days.

"We haven't broken any records yet," Mr Whittingham said.

"But it's refreshing to see activity around our product.

"Easter is still popular but it feels like a long time between drinks from Christmas," he said.

Mr Whittingham said he had got sweet lip, barramundi, salmon, trevally, oysters, prawns and mud crabs in fresh yesterday in anticipation for the Easter rush.

But if you're driving around the Benaraby Junction Nursery, Bevan Barr will be selling endeavour prawns for $30 a kilo.

"We sold out of king prawns in Emerald and now we've got endeavour prawns which are a much sweeter prawn," he said.

"They are a nice tasting prawn."

Mr Barr will be at the Benaraby Junction today from 8am until 4pm.

 

Best Catches

  • Captain Wise - $15 for 1kg of banana prawns
  • Gladstone Fish Markets - $25 for 1kg of cooked banana prawns
  • Bevan Barr - $30 for 1kg of endeavour prawns


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