About Australian Prawns
While prawns are perfect on a bright sunny day, catching them means working through the night. Prawn fishermen must work with nature, fishing in sync with the moon, the tide and thinking like the prawn in order to catch the prawn.
There are 15 major prawn fisheries around Australia. Many fishers are family businesses and many families have been fishers for generations. Other fisheries are highly organised vertically integrated businesses employing the latest technology in their fleets.
Australia is blessed with stunning, productive and sustainable fisheries – from the warm tropical waters of the Northern Prawn Fishery where spotter planes guide trawlers to enormous surface “boils” of banana prawns in a season lasting 8 weeks to the Spencer Gulf in South Australia, where intrepid crews brave the frigid roaring forties in search of the Western King. The turquoise waters of Shark Bay and Exmouth Gulf in WA serve up a delightful combination of kings, tigers and endeavours and all these fisheries are certified to the international
gold standard of sustainability by the Marine Stewardship Council.
You’ll find many active wild fisheries and most of Australia’s prawn farms in Queensland.
Prawn farms are found in the northern parts of Australia, mainly in Queensland.
The warmer waters enable the prawn to grow more rapidly and allow year round production. The main species of prawns farmed are black tiger prawns and banana prawns.
On average, 25,000 tonnes of Australian prawns are produced annually, 21,000 tons are wild caught from the ocean and about 4,000 tonnes are produced by Australia’s prawn farms.
Prawn farming requires enormous investment and prawn farms are subject to very strict environmental controls. Farms help even out the peaks and troughs of prawn production.
For more information on prawn farming in Australia, visit www.apfa.com.au
Did you know?
The prawn catch is limited by what the scientists deem is sustainable and adjust their quotas accordingly. On average that equates to 24 Australian prawns per person per year. Did you get yours?