Blue Harvest

Supply Update – What’s Fresh?

PRAWNS
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Fresh tiger and banana prawn supply this year for Easter is looking very weak and will be significantly less than what was available for the same period in 2016. A combination of the loss of product from the Logan River region, and very hot water temperatures in North QLD have combined to leave our current supply levels at historical lows.
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Supply Update – What’s Fresh?

PRAWNS xxxx Fresh tiger and banana prawn supply this year for Easter is looking very weak and will be significantly less than what was available for the same period in 2016. A combination of the loss of product from the Logan River region, and very hot water temperatures in North QLD have combined to leave our current supply levels at historical lows. xxxx Continued below...

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White Spot Syndrome Virus in Prawns

In November 2016, in what is potentially a devastating turn for the Australian Prawn Farming industry, White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) was discovered on a prawn farm on the Logan River, QLD. Until then, Australia had been the only prawn growing region in the world free from WSSV.xxxThere is no food safety risk or risk to human health from WSSV, however the disease is highly lethal and contagious for prawns, killing them quickly once it takes hold.xxxxThere are currently no available treatments for WSSV but prawn producers in Asia and the Americas have successfully implemented production management strategies to reduce the impact of the disease on their farms.xxxxThe Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biosecurity division is presently working with stakeholders to implement emergency response plans to limit the impact of the WSSV outbreak.xxxMedia updates are being released as soon as developments occur. For more information please visit:xxxxhttp://www.apfa.com.auxxxxhttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-08/source-of-prawn-virus-still-unknown/8103722xxxxhttp://www.agriculture.gov.au/about/media-centre/media-releases/update-detection-white-spot-prawns-231216xxxxhttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-23/qld-prawn-farmers-blame-white-spot-outbreak-on-imported-prawns/8144876xxx

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What’s New? Grading standards for Sydney Rock Oysters

Rock Oysters are a brilliant product, loved by true Oyster connoisseurs for their local, artisanal production and sweet regional flavours. The challenge the industry faces with growing consumption of these beautiful oysters however come not from the product, but rather the inconsistencies created in supply and quality that inevitably come from over 60 companies all doing it differently. Continued below... 

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Product of the Month: Baby Gold Spotted Rock Cod (Epinephelus coioides) – also known as “Hamour” or “Orange Spotted Grouper”

With their lightly coloured skin and distinct “golden” spots, these wonderful new additions to the Tropical Finfish family have a wide appeal. Grown alongside the Giant Grouper at the farm in Cairns, supply will be focussed in the 400g to 1kg range. Harvesting will begin in late October, and the steady growth rate of this fish is set to support consistent supply for the foreseeable future.xxxThe pearly-translucent flesh of this beautiful fish is prized for its clean taste, robust texture and versatility. Known as Hamour in the middle East, it is one of, if not the region’s most popular fish, making up one out of every two fish orders in restaurants across the UAE.xxxTheir distinct colouring and availability as a plate size fish are also positives in Asian markets where the fish are also highly sought after.xxxWe are excited by this opportunity and hope to grow a significant, sustainable market for this locally grown fish moving forward.

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