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Blue Harvest

Supply Update – What’s Fresh?

PRAWNS

We have a good supply of fresh cooked 21-30/lb and 16-20/lb Crystal Bay Banana prawns now through until late August. The prawns are growing well and have hit harvestable size ahead of expectations. Crystal Bay banana prawn Point of Sale promotional kits are now available for customers to distribute – please ask us for these.
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Fresh cooked Crystal Bay Tigers have finished now with production expected to resume around October.
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Preparation for Tiger Prawn stocking for Christmas is currently underway at Seafarm and Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture Mossman sites.
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Continue below for oysters, shellfish and finfish…

OYSTERS

Supply of live Sydney Rock Oysters is steady with most of our farms open again after wet weather closures in June. Our growing network of SRO suppliers from Camden Haven in the north to Pambula in the south means we can optimise quality and availability of all rock oyster grades ranging from cocktails, smalls (bottles), mediums (bistros), large (plate) and X-large.

Live Pacific Oyster supply from Zippels Oysters in South Australia is limited to a small quantity of Plates and Standards.  Ironstone Oysters from Tasmania are coming online with Standards and Larges available now and Plates becoming available in 3 – 4 weeks time. Quality is consistently good from both suppliers.

‘Jurassic’ Pacific Oysters, unique due to their large size, are available live from the Clyde River in the following grades: limited availability of XXL (210 – 259g), good availability of both Jumbo (260 – 319g) and Grande (320g+)

SHELLFISH (PIPIS)

The new harvest season for Goolwa PipiCo begins on the 10th July and this season presents a great opportunity to grow pipi sales with a strong supply of all pipi grades available in a range of live MAP and loose formats. Please note that live MAP Pipi carton sizes have increased from 10kg to 12kg and that the new pricing schedule comes into effect from the 10th July. See ‘Product of the Month / What’s New’ post for July about Goolwa PipiCo’s new Ready To Eat product.

FINFISH

Saltwater Creek Barramundi from Townsville, North Queensland, has a strong ongoing availability of saltwater grown plate size barramundi in the ranges of 400-600g, 600-800g, and 800-1000g, perfect for serving as whole fish.

We have strong availability of Bidgee Murray Cod from Griffith, NSW. This native carnivorous fish is fast being recognised as an emerging species for the retail and food-service markets due to it’s unique appearance, elastic skin, firm texture and clean taste. Impressive fillet yields in excess of 45% are achievable for whole fish grown to a size of 1.5-2kg. There is strong ongoing availability of this product.

Finfish Gold Spot Grouper and QLD Giant Grouper from Cairns, North Queensland, will stop being produced in late July with production expected to resume in September. However, we are working on securing supply of QLD Giant Grouper from another supplier and will communicate this availability as soon as it is confirmed.

Round Island Barramundi are producing a consistent supply of fresh premium 1kg fillets. Raised in ocean pens in Sri Lanka, they are fed the highest quality feed to produce a fish with a colour, texture and taste that is second to none. Fish can be filleted according to individual customer preference. The skin and belly-flap can be left on or removed, and portioning is also an option. Good availability going forward.