Prawns haven't lost their crown as a holiday favourite, with shoppers stocking up on kilos of the crustacean ahead of their annual Christmas feasts.
"It started slow, but the Christmas atmosphere is still there," said John Fragopolous, managing director at Fyshwick's FishCo Fish Market. "Christmas usually is seafood, the good weather is with us and the champagne is flowing."
He said Australian prawn aquaculture had improved from five or six years ago, and so more local prawns were available cheaper and in time for Christmas – a trend socially-conscious shoppers will appreciate after foreign prawns were linked to human trafficking earlier this month.
He was selling a 10-kilogram box of Australian prawns for $220, from aquaculture farms in Crystal Bay, while the wild caught were more expensive at about $55 per kilo.
The wild catch were still the most popular sellers, he said.
Since Monday, the fish market had sold five tonnes of prawns, including the ones sent off to local restaurants. Another shipment of seven tonnes was due in on Wednesday afternoon.
Betty Katsogiannis from Gundaroo left the market laden down with boxes and plastic bags, full of three mud crabs, ling fillet and 10 dozen oysters.
She had already purchased three kilos of prawns in a separate outing.
"We have a pre-seafood thing on Christmas Eve," she said. "So Christmas Eve is seafood and Christmas Day is ham and turkey. You've got to spread it around.
"We love [seafood], it's just beautiful, reminds you of the beach."
Narrabundah's Wilma Ross was also at the market on Wednesday to pick up – what else – prawns.
Originally from Scotland, prawns weren't a "traditional" Christmas dish for Ms Ross but she said "if it's going to be hot, you better just have prawns and ham".
Salmon and snapper were also popular Christmas seafood choices, Mr Fragopoulos said.
"Salmon has obviously taken over the turkey and all the spits and that, and snapper traditionally, a nice snapper in the middle of a banquet is just as good as anything.
"Oysters again, we're very fortunate this year due to the reasonably good weather."
Mr Fragopoulos suggested people shop early to have the best selection of seafood available.