American TikTok user rages over the price of seafood in Australia compared to the US

Hungry American expat craving a lobster roll RAGES over the cost of seafood in Australia compared to back home: ‘Ridiculous – it’s a freakin’ island!’

  • A US woman has hit out at how pricey seafood is in Australia 
  • TikTok personality told her followers she had been craving lobster
  • But she was outraged by the cost of seafood Down Under

An American woman living in Australia has called out the country for how pricey its seafood is – even though the nation is surrounded by water.

The expat took to social media complaining that she was craving a lobster roll – or a shrimp cocktail or crab cakes – after a hot summer’s day at the pool. 

But she simply couldn’t satisfy her many cravings because ‘lobster is like $60 a pound – it’s ridiculous and it’s a freakin’ island.’ 

It comes as rock lobsters made a killing on the Chinese market, as the country exported almost a whopping $400million worth of Aussie seafood to China, including the crustacean delicacy between 2020 and 2021 (pictured, lobsters for sale at the Sydney Fish Market in December last year)

It comes as rock lobsters made a killing on the Chinese market, as the country exported almost a whopping $400million worth of Aussie seafood to China, including the crustacean delicacy between 2020 and 2021 (pictured, lobsters for sale at the Sydney Fish Market in December last year)

She griped that when she grew up in New England on the US north east coast the seafood was ‘cheap and plentiful’.

‘I had seafood all the time … maybe not super cheap but it was not like Australian prices,’ she said. 

TikTokker who goes by the name of baal.and.chain (pictured) listed her cravings that were on the top of her list that day including, 'shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, fritters and chowder'. 'But you can't get it over here ... lobster is like $60 a pound - it's ridiculous and it's a freakin' island,' she raged

TikTokker who goes by the name of baal.and.chain (pictured) listed her cravings that were on the top of her list that day including, ‘shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, fritters and chowder’. ‘But you can’t get it over here … lobster is like $60 a pound – it’s ridiculous and it’s a freakin’ island,’ she raged

‘And I just spent a day at the pools and it’s hot and I just want a freakin’ lobster roll, or a shrimp cocktail, some crab cakes, fritters and chowder.’

Social media commenters were quick to correct her American English and made suggestions of where she should go to get good seafood. 

‘Not a shrimp cocktail it’s a prawn cocktail,’ one said, while another advised, If you’re in Australia it’s crayfish , prawns and kgs’.

‘You need to try bugs. Moreton bay bugs are the best. They are like a mini lobsters. Trust me,’ another said. 

But others suggested she go back to the US if she didn’t get the food she wanted here.  

She said when she grew up in New England on the US north east coast seafood was 'cheap and plentiful' (pictured, a lobster roll in New York state, in the US)

She said when she grew up in New England on the US north east coast seafood was ‘cheap and plentiful’ (pictured, a lobster roll in New York state, in the US)

'I had seafood all the time ... maybe not super cheap but it was not like Australian prices,' she said (pictured, clams in chowder broth in New York)

‘I had seafood all the time … maybe not super cheap but it was not like Australian prices,’ she said (pictured, clams in chowder broth in New York)

‘Well you know what you can do?’, one responded, possibly hinting for her to go back to the US after her complaint.

Some online commenters suggested she go back to the US if she didn't get the food she wanted here (pictured, the TikTokker under the name baal.and.chain)

Some online commenters suggested she go back to the US if she didn’t get the food she wanted here (pictured, the TikTokker under the name baal.and.chain) 

‘We are not America’, another commenter added. 

‘You think the seafood is pricey, try buying a house,’ another quipped.

Local seafood importers have had to switch tactics after trade disruptions stymied Australia’s supply to China, its number one customer. 

Australia was cranking out rock lobsters for export to the tune of $750million between 2018 and 2019, most of it being sent as live supply to China.

But China’s trade bans on the Aussie favourite in 2020 prompted sellers to target other markets, like Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan and the US. 

Since then seafood exports to China dove to just under $400million in 2020 to 2021, according to Australia’s Seafood Export Outlook in 2022. 

Seafood importers have had to switch tactics after trade disruptions have stymied Australia's supply to its number one customer in China since 2020 (pictured, fresh lobster in Sydney)

Seafood importers have had to switch tactics after trade disruptions have stymied Australia’s supply to its number one customer in China since 2020 (pictured, fresh lobster in Sydney)

‘Ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks and movement restrictions, and uncertainty in the China market have hampered the recovery of rock lobster exports,’ the outlook said.

‘Exports are unlikely to return to the 2018–19 highs until these issues are resolved.’ 

Matt Rutter from Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative, a rock lobster exporter, told SBS last year its exports have been affected.

‘Before COVID roughly 95 per cent of our product was exported to China,’ he said. 

But China's trade bans on the Aussie favourite in 2020 prompted sellers to target other markets, like Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan and the US

But China’s trade bans on the Aussie favourite in 2020 prompted sellers to target other markets, like Hong Kong, Vietnam, Japan and the US

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