As things return to normal after the Christmas / New Year's break we are starting to see some better catches and variety at market. Most fishermen are back out on the water and as you can see in the attached photo's we are getting some great quality seafood caught locally. You may notice that Snapper has increased in price again this week, this is only temporary and is directly related to the bushfires in South Australia which are causing a major distraction to going fishing! New Zealand's south island was last night hit by an earthquake although at this stage there aren't any indications that seafood supply has been impacted. Expect good supply of most species caught in New Zealand from Thursday morning; Flounder, Hapuka, Blue Eye and Groper look to be likely with a few specials worthy surprises also expected. Due to an unexpected algal bloom in Cloudy bay New Zealand the harvest and production of Diamond clams has been halted. Early optimistic reports are for supply to continue from Friday this week although this is based on a number of samples (ten from memory) getting the all clear before any commercial harvest can begin, in saying that Clamms Seafood doesn't expect to see any Diamonds until next week. Fresh Crystal Bay prawns should be available again in about a fortnight and finally this season's first Spanner crabs are being harvested as you read this, so pending the quality is up to scratch (early season crabs can be sub-par) we should have beautiful fresh Fraser Island Spanner crab meat available in a week or two.