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'Perfect prawn' developed
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  • 'Perfect prawn' developed

    SYDNEY - SCIENTISTS have come up with a way to satisfy Australians' demand for prawns which have become the nation's main Christmas fare - a genetically bred strain of larger, black tiger prawns that taste great.

    After 10 years of careful breeding and research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) scientists have bred a larger tiger prawn which will reduce the need to import the popular seafood platter and barbecue food.

    The new prawn, which has won five gold medals at Australian marine aquaculture shows in recent years, means an increase in prawn yield from an average of around 5 tonnes per hectare to 17.5 tonnes per hectare. 'One of the (prawn) ponds actually achieved 24.2 tonnes per hectare, which is a world record,' Bruce Lee, director of the CSIRO's Food Future Flagship.

    With around 50 per cent of Australia's prawn market imported from overseas, particularly China and Vietnam, the genetically-modified tiger prawn will deliver quality, sustainable seafood in large quantities, enabling Australia to reduce imports, said the CSIRO. 'You can now produce prawns, particularly at times of the year when you want them fresh. In Australia one would like to have fresh prawns is at Christmas time,' said Mr Lee.

    The black tiger prawn is bred in drought-proof salt-water ponds in a closed loop system. 'The advantages are you can now do this sustainably, that is you don't have to trawl nets across the ocean floor to take prawns from the ocean,' said Mr Lee. In keeping with sustainability, the prawns are fed a bi-product of flour grain converted to fish food. 'We've developed a system where we can take waste carbon and convert it into a fishmeal replacement,' he said.

    CSIRO said that if, hypothetically, the entire Australian tiger prawn industry adopted the new breeding programme, it would increase production to 12,500 tonnes from 5,000 tonnes a year, adding A$120 million (S$141 million) to the value of the industry by 2020. -- REUTERS

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    Re: 'Perfect prawn' developed
    « Reply #1 on: 02 Jul 10, 17:29 »
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  • Fantastic!
    With this "Perfect Prawn" being developed, hopefully there will be lesser trawlers.

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    Re: 'Perfect prawn' developed
    « Reply #2 on: 02 Jul 10, 18:18 »
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  • you seems to be more interested in seafood than diving or am i wrong  ???
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    Re: 'Perfect prawn' developed
    « Reply #3 on: 03 Jul 10, 02:22 »
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  • I love prawns !!  ;D

    Better that the prawns are farmed then wild caught....  ;)
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    « Reply #4 on: 03 Jul 10, 11:20 »
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  • you seems to be more interested in seafood than diving or am i wrong  ???

    I love seafood ... and diving!

    I wan to see marine creatures and yet eat the marine creatures. ;D

    The ocean is one of our main source of food. We need to know what the world is doing to maintain the stocks in the ocean. And to be mindful of how these are caught. And it's not only retricted to sea creatures, land animals are "victims" too but coz it's a scuba diving forum, i only post topics that are sea related  ;)

    For example, i boycott KFC. They treat chicken like products not animals. Go google "Animal Cruelty KFC" in Youtube. U will know what i mean.