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Freshwater Prawn Farming

These reports are in a constant state of revision. If you would like to correct or add information to one of them, contact Bob Rosenberry at bob@shrimpnews.com.

Asia—The Revival of Freshwater Prawn Farming: Giant Prawn 2017 (Bangkok, Thailand, March 2017), organized by Michael New, a consultant in the United Kingdom, and Dr. K.R. Salin, an assistant professor at the Asian Institute of Technology, brought prawn specialists from around the world together to discuss the present status and future prospects of freshwater prawn farming.

Thailand—Video—The Sex Life of Prawns: In this remarkable, low-resolution, eight-minute video, which was shown at the Giant Prawn 2017 conference in Thailand (March 2017), you get to see four different mating combinations of male and female freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii).

Thailand—CPF's Prawn Improvement Program: The January/February 2017 issue of AQUA Culture AsiaPacific magazine contains a valuable article by Dr. Donhhguo Jiang on Charoen Pokphnad Foods' five year plan to breed a bigger, faster-growing, heartier freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii). Cumulatively, 38% genetic gains have been achieved through a between-and-within-family selection scheme.


Sino Agro Food's Mega Prawn Farm: At the World Aquaculture Society Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (February 22–26, 2016), I interviewed Dr. Anthony Ostrowski, Chief Scientific Officer at Sino Agro Food, Inc. (SIAF), which has embarked on the development of a “mega” freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) farm in China.  SIAF had revenues of $429 million in 2015.  The farm is designed to produce a minimum of 100,000 metric tons of prawns a year and will cost $2 billion.


The Farming Potential of Cherabin, a Freshwater Prawn (Macrobrachium spinipes): Formerly Macrobrachium rosenbergii, M spinipes has potential in Northern Territory of Australia.


History and Status of Freshwater Prawn Farming in ChinaChina is the leading producer of farmed prawns in the world, with production approaching 150,000 metric tons a year in 2009.  More recently, production has dropped 10 to 20 percent because of problems with disease, broodstock and seedstock.

Paul Mulvihill was the first prawn farmer in the continental United States.  In the mid-1970s, he and Weyerhaeuser Company spent a couple of million trying to get freshwater prawn farming started.

Macrobrachium: The Culture of Freshwater Prawns: This book is a compliation of the global information on the farming of freshwater prawns of the genus Macrobrachium with special emphasis on India. It has 169 pages, 41 black and white and 60 color pictures, numbrous tables and diagrams and over 200 references (most of them since 2000).

Freshwater Prawns: Biology and Culture: This new (2010), 544-page book contains everyghint that's been learned about prawn farming so far—and it's written by the people that particaped in the development of the indusgtry.  Picture. Table of Contents.

Aquaculture of Texas: Craig Upstrom creates all-male Freshwater Prawns from Neo-Females.

Early History and Pioneers of Freshwater Prawn Aquaculture: By Dr. Paul Sandifer


India—A Modular Farm for All-Male Prawn Production: Includes a schedule for producing two crops a year.

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