Environmental Standards

The Australian prawn farming sector is widely recognised as a world leader in environmental management. Through the Australian Prawn Farmers Association, member of the industry work cooperatively with government agencies and community groups to promote sustainable practices in Australian prawn farms. Information in this website explains exactly what standards are required in prawn farming states of Australia, and also includes a copy of the Environmental Code of Practice for Australian prawn farmers.

Australian industry is utilising state of the art technologies which enable environmental impacts to be significantly reduced if not eliminated.

Prawns need clean water and are highly sensitive to changes in water quality. Managing pond ecology is the most critical aspect of farming prawns and requires considerable expertise. To be successful, a prawn farmer requires an understanding of pond ecology, biology and water quality dynamics.

The standards that have been imposed on prawn farms in Australia have been developed by regulators in close consultation with scientists from the CSIRO and Australian Institute of Marine Science. A recent review of environmental licenses by the Queensland Environment Protection Agency has achieved standards second to none in the world.

Unlike many prawn farming countries, Australian industry is required to meet high standards for assessment and management of prawn farm facilities. Consequently, Australia has one of the cleanest prawn farming industries in the world and sets the benchmark for environmental management of any prawn farming nation. This is a record which Australian industry is proud of.

APFA farms take part in a National Residue Survey. Results of 2014-15 – Web 2014-2015 Aquaculture Prawn Industry Results Report