The Prawn Guide

The Prawn Guide

Eastern King Prawns

King prawn doesn’t just mean ‘big prawn’, there are actually two species of king prawn that are native to Australia and found nowhere else. Eastern king prawns are caught off the east coast of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, and in smaller quantities in some inshore fisheries. Ocean trawling has a higher bycatch rate than inshore trawling however under current management this does not appear to be affecting bycatch species. Seabed protection is poor in NSW compared with other states.

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HOW IT'S CAUGHT - OCEAN TRAWL Offshore ocean trawling tends to have a high bycatch and can damage the sea bed if not managed.

WHERE IT'S FROM - NSW Overall too many eastern king prawns are taken as juveniles in NSW and QLD. Better seabed protection is needed in NSW.

Categories

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

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 mangrove destruction. 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 - VIETNAM Vietnam is the world's largest producer of black tiger prawns. The impacts of tiger prawn farming in Vietnam range from low to moderate.

Categories

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

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Our report Dodgy Prawns explains how some prawns come at a cost of human suffering and environment destruction, as well as sustainable alternatives. Click below to read the report.

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