Fast forward to the current time when prawn production is still wild caught, but with prawn farming a major contributor, albeit with a very bad rap, due to ecological issues in many prawn farms, particularly over recent times in SE Asia.
That might be about to change dramatically with a couple of recent announcements in Australia of recent research now being used commercially.
Aquaculture is part of animal production, so it does fit in my blog broad theme.
|Australian black tiger prawns - after genetic improvement/ breeding|
Read more here - http://www.csiro.au/en/Outcomes/Food-and-Agriculture/tiger-prawn-farming.aspx
The second which seems to have been more of a media event, has been the announcement of new feed formulations which eliminate fish / marine based materials and offer much better feed conversion efficiencies, leading to a 30% faster growth rate.
The product is now commercially produced by Ridley Agri-products. Novacq is an entirely natural food source based on the smallest organisms in the marine environment, the marine microbes which are the foundation of the marine food pyramid. It is based on over 10 years of CSIRO research to understand the natural marine microbial processes that occur in prawn farm ponds and natural marine estuaries, and the role of microbes in prawn nutrition.
More here - http://www.csiro.au/Portals/Media/Perfect-food-for-perfect-prawns.aspx
Taken together, these two announcements once translated into broad commercial practice will be of major commercial and environmental importance.
Australians should be proud of this science based great leap forward!
Are you now looking for some farm grown environmentally friendly tasty prawns??