Gladstone Fish Market owner Simon Whittingham. More photos, on page 20.
Gladstone Fish Market owner Simon Whittingham. More photos, on page 20. Paul Braven

Is Gladstone Seafood Festival returning to former glory?

THERE were plenty of fresh cooked prawns and shady spots to peel them at this year's Seafood Festival.

Gladstone Fish Market dished out 500kg of seafood.

It's in stark contrast to last year, where resident Christine Heisner said she "couldn't even find any seafood". Ms Heisner wants to see trawlers return to the marina during the festival though so people can buy seafood by the bucket load straight from fishermen again. She said restaurants, which used to set up at the festival and offer samples off their menu, should come back too.

Gladstone Fish Market owner Simon Whittingham agreed. This the first time he has been involved since 2010 and like Ms Heisner he hopes to see the festival return to its former glory. He said there should also be more industry and government involvement to give people a better understanding of the commercial fishing sector.



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