Australian Banana Prawns MSC
Our Australian Banana prawns come from the MSC certified Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF).
The pristine waters of the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF), Australia’s largest and most valuable prawn fishery, are some of the most abundant and isolated in the world. The 6000 km’s of coastline harbours the most spectacular untouched wilderness and includes a diverse range of ecosystems, weather and wildlife. It’s these pristine waters that the succulent and wild-caught banana prawns from the NPF call home.
The NPF is highly regulated and is considered to be one of the best managed fisheries in the world. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is responsible for managing the fishery in accordance with its legislative objectives, and ensuring the utilisation of the fishery resource is consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development and the precautionary principle.
Input controls are used to control fishing effort on target, byproduct and bycatch species. The fishery is managed to well defined limit reference points and under clear decision rules in accordance with an approved Harvest Strategy.
Trawling is undertaken using two, three or four nets, and it is compulsory for all fishing equipment to be fitted with Turtle Excluder (TEDs) and Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs). A daylight trawl ban is in place during the tiger prawn season (August-November) to limit fishing effort on tiger prawn spawning aggregations.
The NPF is now in a position to meet the growing consumer demand for sustainably sourced seafood by being one of only a handful of prawn fisheries around the world certified by the MSC, and the first fishery in the world to supply MSC certified banana, tiger and endeavour prawns.
These are medium-sized prawns with a sweet, mild flavour. Banana prawns are available all year round but at their best in mid-autumn. They are well suited to Asian style cuisine, and generally perform better as part of a dish rather than served alone. The sweetness of their flesh goes well with spicy flavours.