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Cardwell prawn farm well prepared for cyclone

Charlie McKillop, Tuesday April 15, 2014 - 14:24 EST
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Seafarms Group chief operating officer Dallas Donovan says the Cardwell prawn farm was very well prepared for Tropical Cyclone Ita. However, it did lose power and was cut off. - ABC

Staff at north Queensland's largest prawn farm are working around the clock harvesting 40 tonne of prawns for Easter.

But Tropical Cyclone Ita threw a spanner in the works, cutting the farm at Cardwell off from the Bruce Highway, so no product could be delivered.

The highway has now been reopened.

Seafarms Group chief operating officer Dallas Donovan says the farm was very well prepared.

"I've just been waiting in Townsville... for the water to go down, so we can get up to the farm," he said.

"(We've) been lucky this year. Harvest for us has started about a week before Easter and they'll progress now through to June/July before we finish this crop.

"But Easter was pretty lucky to be right at the beginning, so we could get all the fresh out before we move to our frozen product.

"It's all hands on deck moving into some pretty serious harvest numbers, so the boys have been putting a fair few hours in over the last week. And having a cyclone come through in the middle of it has just added to their sleepless nights."

Mr Donovan says the farm managers knew how to prepare following their experience in Cyclone Yasi, and when the power went out on Saturday night everything went to plan with generators.


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