Mooloolaba Fish Market manager Kristian Penny said Coast residents had bought 20 tonnes of prawns leading up to Christmas. Photo Patrick Woods.
Mooloolaba Fish Market manager Kristian Penny said Coast residents had bought 20 tonnes of prawns leading up to Christmas. Photo Patrick Woods.

Christmas rush: Seafood lovers queue for 20 tonnes of prawns

Coast residents have bought 20 tonnes of prawns and over 4000 dozen oysters as more seafood lovers line up to get Christmas lunch favourites.

Eager customers have lined up in front of Mooloolaba Fish Market since Wednesday morning.

Mooloolaba Fish Market manager Kristian Penny said it was "crazy busy".

"We opened yesterday at 6am for our 38 hours straight and the line at 6am was 40 or 50 people deep," he said.

"At some stages the line has been over 200m long and people have been waiting very patiently for their seafood.

"The wait has been a bit longer than normal with COVID and the restrictions on the amount of people we can get into the shop, but no one has been upset about the wait."

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Mr Penny said prawns, crab, bugs and oysters were among the top sold products.

"Over the last two days we would have sold close to 20 tonne of prawns, over 4000 dozen oysters and about one tonne of whole fish, it's phenomenal," he said.

Mooloolaba Fish Market manager Kristian Penny said business has been “crazy busy” leading up to Christmas. Photo Patrick Woods.
Mooloolaba Fish Market manager Kristian Penny said business has been “crazy busy” leading up to Christmas. Photo Patrick Woods.

Despite the rush Mr Penny said he had no concerns about stock levels.

"We could have sold quite a volume of seafood wholesale, but we want to look after the locals that come and support us through the years and make sure they know that their Christmas is safe with us," he said.

"We have no concerns that we are going to run out of any seafood of any kind, it's all here ready to go.

"We shut at eight so hopefully we will have them all in by then, but if they keep turning up will keep going for them."

He said he was grateful for the local support after a tough year.

"We really do rely on the tourism in Mooloolaba and knowing that everyone is coming out and putting their dollars in and having a go is fantastic," he said.