QUEENSLANDERS are being urged this Easter to check the source of seafood they buy in order to get the best product and support local Queensland businesses.
Fisheries Queensland director Mark Doohan said Queensland has a well-deserved reputation for supplying top quality, fresh seafood.
“With some of the most sustainable fisheries in the world, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to seafood selection,” Mr Doohan said.
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“We have diverse aquaculture farms and 1500 licensed commercial fishing boats that work year round to deliver seafood straight to our doors, rain or shine.
“At this time of the year we have the iconic favourites of prawns, scallops, crabs and reef fish, with the market currently reporting good supplies.
“To ensure you are getting Queensland product, ask your local fishmonger or supermarket where the product is from.
“You can also buy direct from your local commercial fishers at your local seafood co-op, where the fisher often sells product fresh off their trawler.”
Mr Doohan said it was also important to be on the lookout for illegal sales of seafood.
“When buying seafood, check the source to ensure it’s from licensed fishers—do not buy fish from an unknown source or a friend who is selling fish caught on their recreational fishing trip,” he said.
“The unauthorised sale of fish has the potential to undermine the viability of commercial fishing, impacting on the competitiveness of legitimate seafood processors and marketers.
“This is not only bad for business for commercial fishers, but also has implications for the buyer and consumer.
“The risk to consumers is that you don’t know whether it’s been stored according to food safety regulations—getting food poisoning is not the sort of Easter surprise you want.
For more information on Queensland fisheries, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au