Growing Organic Prawns – in inland saline waters

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This report details the results of research into organic production of prawns in Australia. It includes farm trials at an inland demonstration prawn farm that only uses saline bore water. The study investigates and assists in the adoption of organic procedures by the Australian prawn farming industry.

The import from Asia of cheaply produced prawns has forced Australian prawn farmers to review their marketing procedures. Since the competition of seafood products in the marketplace is increasing on a global basis, alternate products are being investigated by those wishing to maintain and/or grow their marketshare.
The premium paid for organic food products may provide an economic incentive for farmers to convert to organic production systems, with an added advantage that the standards that apply have beneficial implications for the social and environmental practices of the industry. As well as helping conventional prawn farmers, the study will also assist farmers
with access to inland saline waters and producers of organically certified feeds. The report is targeted at prospective growers of organic prawns, and those in government and industry who would support the structured development of this specialised industry sector.

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