Environment & Fishing Practices

The worlds largest known population of Western King Prawns is in the Spencer Gulf. South Australia’s prawn fisheries are somewhat unique due to their geographical location, cold water environment and the existence of only one commercial penaeid species in the fishery.

Trawling is undertaken at night using the demersal otter trawl technique. Fishing in the Spencer Gulf is generally closed in January and February, and from July to October each year.

Environmentally friendly harvest methods are utilised giving our fishery the accolade of having the lowest bycatch level of any prawn fishery worldwide.

All prawn products are processed in export registered factories or on export registered fishing vessels.