In Australia, Easter and seafood go together like crispy beer battered fish and tartare sauce, chucking a couple of prawns on a hot BBQ, or loading up "adult Easter eggs", aka caviar, on pumpernickel with a dollop of sour cream. But, before you dish up your fish Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) has reminded consumers to "Ask for Aussie seafood" this Easter.
"Seafood is one of the biggest highlights of Easter and that means serving up the freshest, finest quality Aussie products to enjoy with family and friends," SIA CEO Jane Lovell said.
"Good Friday has long been associated with eating seafood and is one of the busiest days of the year for fishmongers with popular choices this year tipped to include barramundi, snapper and of course, prawns.
"Although it has its roots in religion, eating seafood on Good Friday has become somewhat of a cultural practice here in Australia, and it's no wonder why. We are lucky to have access to fresh, delicious and sustainable seafood right here on our doorstep.
"Consumers can be confident that the Aussie seafood they are enjoying is managed and caught using responsible and sustainable methods.
"After Christmas, Easter is the second highest consumption period for seafood and is a busy time for fishmongers. Australia's commercial fishers have been working hard in the lead up to the Easter to ensure we have access to the world class seafood we've been looking forward to for weeks.
"This Easter there is a fantastic supply of seafood to put on their tables. While availability has varied due to weather events, most species are now able to be found. However, if you're stuck ask your fishmonger for a recommendation. They're always happy to help and you could just find a lesser known, often cheaper species will become a new staple.
"To ensure you don't miss out on fresh Aussie seafood this Easter it's always a good idea to place an order with your fishmonger early, so hop to it and remember to 'Ask for Aussie seafood'."
Popular Easter species expected price range
|SPECIES||Price range $ per kg|
|Eastern School Whiting||9-12|
|Snapper (Whole) Small||17-20|
|Yellowtail Kingfish (Whole)||20-24|
Pricing via Sydney Fish Market.