An ocean of choice for Easter
By NADINE FISHER
EASTER is traditionally the busiest time of the year for fresh seafood and this year is shaping up to be no different according to local suppliers.
Chinderah Tweed River Seafoods assistant manager Murray Batley said preparations were under way for the busy period which usually started to build up today, before the rush on Good Friday and the Easter weekend.
"Good Friday is the busiest day over Easter and is our second biggest day of the year - second to Christmas Eve," he said.
"We will be open all weekend from early in the morning until 8pm at night."
Mr Batley said they purchased as much local seafood from Tweed trawlers and fishermen as possible.
"However, we're reliant on what their catch is like on the day," he said.
"But we have plenty of fish, prawns, bugs, crabs, scallops and mussels."
Mr Batley said prices were pretty good this year with small king prawns at $21.90/kg, large king prawns at $26.90/kg and Australian endeavour prawns at $13.90/kg.
He said the most popular fish choices included - snapper at $31.90/kg, barramundi at $31.90/kg, salmon at $27.90/kg, do- ry at $17.90/kg and sea mullet at $8.90/kg.
"We also have fish from the river including - mullet, flathead, trevally, Spanish mackerel around this time of year."
Lesley from PKG Seafoods at West Tweed said Easter was undoubtedly their busiest time of year due to the popularity of seafood over this period.
"We have plenty of seafood in stock, however, because of the cyclones up north we couldn't get as much reef fish as usual," she said.
"We ended up having to go as far as Western Australia for fish."
Lesley said fish was the most popular seafood for Easter, particularly the snapper.
"We are open from 8.30am for fresh seafood over the Easter period and from 9am for take-aways."
Tweed Heads Menniti Seafoods manager Matthew Hill said this would be their first Easter in the business, but they were expecting it to be busy.
"We've been here for seven months now and going on the history of the business it should be busy," he said.
"We've got in heaps of fresh product, although had trouble getting some fish with the cyclones up north recently."
Mr Hill said they would be open every day through the Easter period from 10am to 8pm for fresh and cooked seafood.