June 12, 2019


World's 1st sustainable land-based prawn farm in Scotland



The world's first sustainable land-based prawn farm has started operation and will start harvesting up to 1 million prawns this summer.


He farm, owned and operated by Great British Prawns (GBP), is located at Balfron village in Stirlingshire, Scotland.


The company said that with its specially developed aquaculture technology, it can produce warm-water king prawns in clear and clean water.


With the majority of the UK's king prawns currently sourced frozen from farms in the Far East and Central America, the Scottish farm will conveniently avoid freezing or air miles, GBP stressed, adding it aims to deliver king prawns from the tank to the plate within 24 hours.


"Most prawns have travelled 6,000 miles to reach a UK consumer, with worldwide demand continuing to grow", said James McEuen, the company's chairman and commercial director.


"We aim to meet growing UK consumer demand for regional and local food production with the reassurance of outstanding husbandry, provenance and sustainability", he added.


The GBP will grow king prawns, or Pacific whiteleg shrimp, in more than 300 tonnes of water that can hold up to a million prawns. Each fully grown prawn can reach an average size of 25 grammes (0.9oz).


McEuen said that to be sustainable, the future of aquaculture has to be land-based.