5 April 2018

With a break in cyclone activity and heavy rains in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) is hoping for a good banana prawn season this year.

In late March, 52 prawn trawl vessels from the Commonwealth-managed NPF entered the Gulf of Carpentaria and northern Australian waters to kick start the season on 1 April.

The CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Dr James Findlay, said the NPF was recently recertified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for the next five years as the global best practice standard for sustainability.

“Lovers of Australian wild-caught prawns will be happy to hear the forecast for the banana prawn season should be a good one, with fishers hoping the season will rival last year’s bumper harvest,” Dr Findlay said.

“Market demand for top quality prawns remains high, so AFMA’s sustainable approach to fisheries management is important to maintaining that supply of prawns into the future.

“Commitment from industry, effective management arrangements, such as limits on the fishing effort, and the best available scientific research has meant the NPF has continued to maintain sustainable operations.

“This means that consumers can have confidence that when buying Australian prawns from their local shop they are making a sustainable choice – just look for the MSC ‘blue tick’.

“Prawns are a versatile protein, offering little fat content and a delicious taste, they are a favourite for all types of recipes year-round, from salads, curries, pies and even simply barbecued with a little lemon juice.”

Banana prawns from the Commonwealth NPF can be found at local supermarkets and seafood retailers.

For more information on management of the Northern Prawn Fishery, visit afma.gov.au.