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FARMED PRAWNS

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Australian farmed prawns

Sustainable and Healthy Protein Production

Australian prawn farming invests heavily in sustainable practices and environmental responsibility.

Australian grown prawns are one of the healthiest sources of protein you can eat, and our farmers have arguably the best management practices of any prawn growing region in the world (CSIRO 2019).

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) latest worldwide statistics on aquaculture shows world aquaculture production of 82.1million tonnes of aquatic animals with a value of approximately US $250 billion (FAO, 2018). The forecast is that aquaculture will supply the majority of aquatic protein in people’s diets by 2050 (FAO, 2018).

Industry with significant growth.

As demand for seafood continues to rise and wild-caught fisheries reach ecological sustainable levels, any substantial growth in seafood production will need to be driven by aquaculture (DAFF 2021).

In 2019-20 Australia’s aquaculture sector represented 48 per cent of Australia’s total seafood production with a value of $1.64 billion dollars.

The Australian prawn farm industry is undergoing rapid and significant growth in production with the industry currently valued at over $130 million in 2019-20 (Lobegeiger, DPI NSW,2021). This is up from $80 million in 2018-19.

Strong ongoing significant growth is planned resulting in the industry becoming an important regional economic driver including in the areas of regional investment, labour, new skills and training, increased transport investment and increased feed manufacture investment, all contributing to improved social and economic outcomes for regional communities.

Let us introduce you to Seafarms - Australia's largest producer of farmed prawns

There are currently over 15 prawn farms operating in Australia.

This video shows Seafarms, the company behind Crystal Bay Prawns.

Seafarms, located in Cardwell, North Queensland, is Australia’s largest producer of farmed prawns and the country’s largest prawn aquaculture developer. Seafarms’ total annual production of prawns is around 1,500 tonnes.

Further Information

Super prawns - Is eating prawns good for you?

Prawns have a good nutritional profile with an array of vitamins and minerals, including a lot of the B vitamins which we need for energy and to help support the nervous system.

Australian prawn farming

How does prawn farming work? What does it mean to be a prawn farmer? Interested in investing or starting a prawn farm? Get more information about prawn farming here.

Farmed Prawn Species

Not all prawn species are suitable for aquaculture. Find out which species are farmed in Australia.

Sustainable Farming

What impact has prawn farming on coastal water quality? Water Treatment - an important factor. Learn about the protection of marine plants.

Biosecurity

Exotic pests are the most critical disease threat to Australia’s prawn producers.