Plenty of prawns for Christmas

IF prawns are on your Christmas menu this year you will likely shell out anywhere between $27 and $33 a kilogram.

Darren Platford, the manager of the Commercial Fishermen's Co-Op at Wickham, said he could not yet confirm prawn prices but estimated that South Australian king prawns would command top dollar while other varieties would come slightly cheaper.

Mr Platford said the co-op was gearing up for busy trade on December 23 and 24, when about 15 extra staff would be on hand.

"We want to be able to make things as easy as possible for shoppers and get them in and out as quick as we can," he said, adding that the co-op promoted local seafood products.

Mr Platford said business was steady in the lead-up to Christmas and next week the co-op would ramp up supply by as much as 50 per cent to fulfil customer demand.

Prawns, lobsters, crab and Balmain bugs were always favourites alongside a smorgasbord of fish and prawn varieties.

Mr Platford said while most crustaceans were snap-frozen, early-bird shoppers could expect to get freshly caught produce.

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