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Australian Scientists Develop High-Yielding Black Tiger Prawn

June 28, 2010: 03:38 PM EST
Scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the prawn industry have bred an improved Black Tiger prawn that is producing record yields in aquaculture farms. The scientists used DNA technology to ensure top quality prawn stocks. Half of the prawns sold in Australia are imported from China and Vietnam, so it is a priority both for the prawn industry and consumers to develop an Australian prawn that breeds in captivity and is completely sustainable. According to the scientists, the average industry yield for farmed prawns is only five tons per hectare. “So this year's average yield of 17.5 tons per hectare is a major leap forward.” Several breeding ponds produced 20 tons per hectare and one produced a world record yield of 24.2 tons per hectare.
"Is this the perfect prawn?", News release, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), June 28, 2010, © CSIRO
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