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NSW government encourages fresh seafood consumption

The NSW government is calling for residents to choose locally sourced fresh seafood this Easter, encouraging enjoyment of the finest fish and prawns from the state’s premier producers while also bolstering the economy during festive gatherings.

Species including prawns, oysters, lobster, abalone, mullet, flathead, mackerel and snapper are hugely popular at Easter, and this year will be no exception with the Sydney Fish Markets expected to trade over 500 tonnes of fresh seafood on Good Friday alone.

Minister for agriculture Tara Moriarty said, “Easter is a special time to spend with family and friends to enjoy food and fish – there’s nothing better than choosing to dine on good quality, fresh seafood caught or grown right here at home.”

The state government said NSW seafood is subject to stringent food safety laws which apply from the moment the catch leaves the water, right through to the point of sale.

North Coast residents and visitors to the region in particular are encouraged to support the Clarence seafood industry by choosing local prawns and seafood this Easter.

Following last year’s white spot detection, the Clarence seafood industry faces ongoing recovery.

Local residents and visitors can bolster its future by purchasing locally sourced prawns and seafood.

“It’s also an opportune time to support local businesses and support our state’s economy,” said Moriarty.

These products are safe for consumption, and supporting local producers is vital for sustaining the region’s prawn farmers, fishers, and seafood retailers.

Moriarty said,  “Clarence locals and visitors can have complete confidence in the high quality of locally caught prawns and seafood knowing ‘it’s good to go.’

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