Australian fishing sector looking at a big year

  Last Updated: Tuesday 8th of February 2011 10:39:00 PM +0800HKT

Despite the cyclone damage, Australia's $2 billion commercial fishing sector is in for a big year.

With the drought breaking across much of the country, rivers are flushing huge amounts of nutrients into the ocean.

These nutrients provide food for fish, prawns and other shellfish.

Col Bishop, from Seafood Services Australia, says many seafood species will thrive.

"After all of this rain, I think what you'll see is a few bumper crops coming over the next 12 months, particularly with prawns in the earlier part," he said.

"But also with other fish species, so it's going to do the system a lot of good over the longer term."

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