Fresh a-peel to Queenslanders on National Prawn Day

Published Saturday, 18 March, 2023 at 11:10 AM


Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
The Honourable Di Farmer

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities
The Honourable Mark Furner

  • Queenslanders encouraged to buy Queensland prawns
  • Minister joined local member in prawn peeling competition
  • Prawn industry supports almost 2,300 good jobs for Queenslanders

Queenslanders are being encouraged to support good local jobs in a great local industry by eating Queensland prawns this National Prawn Day.

Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Minister Mark Furner today joined local Member for Bulimba and Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer at The Fish Factory in Morningside for their National Prawn Day Prawn Peeling Competition, to see who would be crowned king of the prawns.

The competition winner walked away with 1kg of free prawns from The Fish Factory every month for the next year.

The most recent figures show Queenslanders bought more than 4 million kilograms of fresh prawns in just twelve months.

Queensland’s iconic prawn species include the eastern king prawn and tiger prawn, with more than 3.5 million kilograms of them caught along the east coast combined in the 2020/21 financial year.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner:

“Whether you’re eating them in a pasta, on a pizza, in a curry or just on their own: Queensland prawns are shrimply the best!

“There’s a good reason for that: the warm waters of Queensland’s east coast are the ideal habitat for so many delicious varieties of prawns – from king, to tiger, to banana.

“I encourage all Queenslanders to buy local: don’t be a shell-out. When you buy local, you’re supporting good Queensland jobs and our great lifestyle.

“Ask your local fishmonger or check packaging to make sure the prawns you’re buying are maroon grown.

“When you buy Queensland prawns, not only are you getting great food, you’re also supporting a sustainable industry, with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation listing prawn stocks as “sustainable”.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment and Small Business and Member for Bulimba Di Farmer:

“There’s no better place to be than a great local Bulimba business like The Fish Factory to encourage support for Queensland jobs and Queensland industry.

“Between wild caught prawns and aquaculture-grown prawns, the industry supports almost 2,300 Queensland jobs and more than 300 businesses.

Quotes attributable to The Fish Factory Owner, Andrew Solomon:

“As one of our most popular seafood items sold at The Fish Factory, we are delighted to support the local prawn industry by promoting our inaugural Prawn Peeling Competition.

“There is no better giveaway than prawns every month for a year.

“Come down and support an industry that employs many Queenslanders who work very hard to supply us all with mixed varieties of our much-loved prawn crustaceans.”


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