The Prawn Guide

The Prawn Guide

Black Tiger Prawns

Black tiger prawns are native to Australia, parts of South East Asia, South Asia and East Africa. Until the introduction of non-native vannamei prawns, black tiger prawns were the main species farmed in South East Asia. Farming of tiger prawns generally has a lower environmental impact than vannamei prawns due to the tendency to use lower-density, extensive farming systems. There is less reliance on added feed and chemical inputs. Because they are native there is no risk of introducing an invasive species to the wild. Serious concerns still remain regarding human rights and mangrove destruction. There are serious concerns about human rights abuse in the processing sector and especially the fisheries that provide feed. Say no to these unless you can find an organically certified option.

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HOW IT'S FARMED - POND FARMED Pond farming ranges from intensive to extensive. Extensive farming in Asia uses less chemicals and feed than intensive farming.

WHERE IT'S FROM - THAILAND Thailand is the second largets supplier of tiger prawns to Australia. The impacts of tiger prawn farming range from low to severe and include major labour issues.

Categories

Habitat damage
Bycatch and feed sustainability
Labour conditions and impact on communities

Vannamei Prawns

Vannamei prawns are native to the Pacific coast of Latin America, from Peru to Mexico however they have become the major farmed species across Asia due to their resilience to high density stocking and high productivity. They are farmed under intensive systems which often require the use of chemicals and antibiotics and may release large quantities of polluted water back into the ecosystem. Vannamei prawn farming is associated with destruction of mangrove forests and land degradation, introduction of non-native species, and spread of disease to the wild. Intensive prawn farming also requires more feed input than extensive systems. There are serious concerns about human rights abuse in the processing and farming sectors and especially the fisheries that provide feed. Avoid.

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HOW IT'S FARMED - POND FARMED Pond farming ranges from intensive to extensive. Intensive farming in Asia requires more chemicals and feed and causes more environmental damage.

WHERE IT'S FROM - THAILAND Thailand is a major vannamei prawn supplier to Australia. The impacts of vannamei prawn farming range from moderate to severe and include major labour issues.

Categories

Habitat damage
Bycatch and feed sustainability
Labour conditions and impact on communities

Vannamei Prawns

Vannamei prawns are native to the Pacific coast of Latin America, from Peru to Mexico however they have become the major farmed species across Asia due to their resilience to high density stocking and high productivity. They are farmed under intensive systems which often require the use of chemicals and antibiotics and may release large quantities of polluted water back into the ecosystem. Vannamei prawn farming is associated with destruction of mangrove forests and land degradation, introduction of non-native species, and spread of disease to the wild. Intensive prawn farming also requires more feed input than extensive systems. There are concerns about human rights abuse in the fisheries that provide feed. Avoid.

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HOW IT'S FARMED - POND FARMED Pond farming ranges from intensive to extensive. Intensive farming in Asia uses more chemicals and feed and does more environmental damage.

WHERE IT'S FROM - VIETNAM Vietnam is a major producer of non-native vannamei prawns. The risks of environmental damage from intensive vannamei prawn farming in Vietnam range from moderate to sever.

Categories

Habitat damage
Bycatch and feed sustainability
Labour conditions and impact on communities

Vannamei Prawns

Vannamei prawns are native to the Pacific coast of Latin America, from Peru to Mexico however they have become the major farmed species across Asia due to their resilience to high density stocking and high productivity. They are farmed under intensive systems which often require the use of chemicals and antibiotics and may release large quantities of polluted water back into the ecosystem. Vannamei prawn farming is associated with destruction of mangrove forests and land degradation, introduction of non-native species, and spread of disease to the wild. Intensive prawn farming also requires more feed input than extensive systems.

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HOW IT'S FARMED - POND FARMED Pond farming ranges from intensive to extensive. Intensive farming in Asia uses more chemicals and feed and does more environmental damage.

WHERE IT'S FROM - CHINA China is the world's biggest farmed prawn producer. While there is development of less environmentally damaging indoor farming methods destructive practices still occur.

Categories

Habitat damage
Bycatch and feed sustainability
Labour conditions and impact on communities

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