The pristine waters of the Coral Sea is home to some of the best seafood in the world. Here the level of pollution is extremely low, providing a wonderful clean green environment.
The World Heritage Great Barrier Reef that spans the length of the tropical coast has a symbiotic relationship to, and is a breeding ground for numerous species such as Coral Trout and Yellow Fin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Nannygai, and Red Emperor. These species remain in around the reef until large enough to travel further afield where fishing is permitted.
In this environmentally sensitive region, commercial fishing is proudly managed to a sustainable level yet still able to supply an abundance of King, Tiger, Banana and Endeavour prawns from the Gulf of Carpentaria, Princess Charlotte Bay and the Coral Sea.
Yet there are a number of other lesser know species of seafood from the region that provide quality matching its better known cousins. Try Threadfin Blue or King Salmon, Trevally or Rock Cod, Saddletail, Goldband Snapper or Stripey Sea Perch. All stunning fish.
To remain sustainable, seasons bring on the excitement of trying new species and speaking to your local fishmonger will give you great ideas to cook seafood.
However, not enough can be said for ‘keeping it simple’ Seafood is best cooked as simply as it can to deliver the best flavour. see our recipe section
Find out more about each tropical seafood species on the sidebar. Information on nutrition, best cooking methods, accompanying wine, as well as scientific knowledge is kindly supplied by the Department of Fisheries Research & Development Corporation.
The Queensland Seafood Industry Association works with commercial fishers, government agencies and research departments to assist in the sustainability of the industry and promote the consumption of local seafood.
Health Benefits of Eating Seafood
It is recommended that our diet includes at least 2 meals of seafood per week. The protein, omega 3 oils and minerals are essential to our diet. The Omega 3 oils have been proven to reduce cardio-vascular disease, dementia, depression and diabetics. For more information on health aspects of seafood, discover the omega 3 website at http://www.omega-3centre.com/
Check out the Seasonal Calendar page for seafood