GREAT CATCH: Ruby Plomb from Get Hooked Seafood, Tweed Heads gets up close and personal with a red Snapper.
GREAT CATCH: Ruby Plomb from Get Hooked Seafood, Tweed Heads gets up close and personal with a red Snapper. Scott Powick

Tips and tricks for getting the best seafood this Christmas

THERE'S nothing quite like sitting down with family on Christmas Day and getting stuck into a pile of fresh prawns and seafood.

While this might be a time for stressing out about presents and organising the day, don't leave your seafood order to the last minute.

The Tweed is lucky enough to offer a variety of fresh seafood options, including from Tweed River outlets Get Hooked Seafood and Scales Seafood.

Get Hooked owner Anne Berta said Christmas is always the busiest time of year for seafood wholesalers.

"Last year on Christmas year prawn statistics were up by 230%,” Ms Berta said.

Ms Berta said it was important to keep prawns fresh over the Christmas period.

"If you are buying prawns a good tip if you're going to keep them in the fridge is to have them in a nice brine, like some water and a bit of salt and ice if you're going to keep them for a few days,” she said.

Scales Seafood owner Mick Woolway agreed the best way to keep prawns fresh was to keep them well refrigerated.

"It's best to put them in a little bowl of salty water and ice, pop a lid on them and to keep them in the fridge until they're ready to be consumed,” he said.

However, consumers should be careful when purchasing seafood, especially after the Queensland Government put an emergency ban order in place for the prawn industry along the Logan and Albert rivers last week. The new biosecurity measures were enforced after an outbreak of white spot syndrome virus was discovered in some Queensland prawn farms. Both seafood shops confirmed they did not sell prawns from the contaminated areas.

"We don't get those ones, we've been getting ours from Sea Farms up in North Queensland,” Ms Berta said.

Mr Woolway said Scales did not stock farmed prawns. Both urged residents to pre-order their Christmas seafood.

"It can be stressful for everyone on Christmas Eve,” Ms Berta said. "We're really well organised for Christmas Eve.”



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