Darryn Smith

Cyclone Ita will not affect Easter seafood supplies

CYCLONE Ita's wrath should not affect Easter seafood supplies over the weekend.

The seafood industry is reporting good catches of fish, prawns and crabs coming in from commercial fishers despite the cyclone's path.

Queensland Seafood Industry Association chairwoman Karen Collard said while much of the state's fishing fleet in the north stood down and sought safe havens to weather the storm, many vessels were already heading back to sea.

"Inshore net fishers are already reporting good catches of fresh barramundi and threadfins, which will be readily available for Good Friday meals," she said.

That comes as Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie urged far north Queensland residents to be aware of scammers and asbestos as they begin to clean up after the tropical cyclone.

He said residents should be particularly wary of door-to-door repairmen who often left the home owner worse off with shoddy workmanship.

"Queenslanders' are famous for rolling up their sleeves and helping out when disaster strikes but sadly some people use it as an opportunity to prey on residents," Mr Bleijie said.

"Consumers are usually protected by a 10 business day cooling-off period, but it is waived during declared natural disasters to allow home owners to access emergency repairs.

"Offers made door-to-door or demands of up-front cash payments for repair work should raise red flags."

Mr Bleijie said houses and other buildings built before 1990 might contain asbestos materials and urged residents to be careful when cleaning up.



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