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Wild caught prawns a winner

With great catches of banana prawns this season in the Commonwealth Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), expect to see a continued good supply of this tasty crustacean in seafood retailers and supermarkets across Australia.

Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) CEO, Dr James Findlay, said this was great news for lovers of sustainable seafood.

“Not only do banana prawns taste great, but consumers can have confidence that what they are eating is coming from a well-managed fishery, with an industry committed to continuous improvement of their operations,” Dr Findlay said.

“For the last 20 years, the NPF Industry has been a leader in sustainable fishing operations.

“This commitment from industry, combined with strict cooperative management and using the latest available science to determine a sustainable amount of effort, and favourable weather conditions has led to a very productive season for the fishery.

“With some favourite winter warmers like garlic prawns and rice; spicy pumpkin and prawn soup; or linguine with prawns, tomato and basil, there has never been a better time to get stuck into this tasty delight and support a proud Australian industry.

NPF Industry CEO Annie Jarrett, said that due to good management, operators and consumers alike should be excited that the NPF is in good shape, producing an abundance of prawns for everyone to enjoy.

“Market demand for good quality prawns remains high, and the trawlers operating in Australia’s northern waters are working hard to supply these delicious MSC-certified NPF wild caught prawns that Australians love,” Ms Jarrett said.

“Consumers can expect to see continued supply of sustainably sourced Australian prawns in major supermarkets and local retailers throughout winter and into the latter half of the year.

“Support our local industry by enjoying wild caught MSC-certified prawns from the NPF, which are always a crowd favourite at barbecues, family get togethers, or any meal throughout the week.”

Source: AFMA

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