Aquaculture company Seafarms has had to suspend its prawn harvesting operations because of flooding in north Queensland, but says they will be back online as soon as transport links reopen.
Seafarms said on Wednesday while there’d been substantial rain in the vicinity of its aquaculture operations, the ‘impacts on the farms, processing plant and hatchery have been minimal’.
Prawn processing and harvesting have been temporarily suspended, but they will recommence as soon as transport links around Townsville reopen, the company said.
North Queensland has been hit with record monsoonal rains, causing flooding, road closures and at least two deaths.
Seafarms has three prawn farms in Cardwell and Ingham, north of Townsville, that produce 1,800 tonnes of prawns annually under the Crystal Bay Prawns brand.
The company says it is the largest prawn farmer in Australia and it has plans to expand further, with 10,000 hectares of prawn production facilities being developed in northern Australia.
Seafarms Group Limited shares were unchanged at 11.5 cents.