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Prawn, Freshwater

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
Prawn, Freshwater Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Giant River & Malaysian Prawn U.S. Farmed
Prawn, Spot Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Prawn, Spot Shrimp, Amaebi U.S. Pacific Wild
Prawn, Spot Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Prawn, Spot Shrimp, Amaebi Canadian Pacific Wild
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Pacific White & West Coast White Shrimp, Ebi Thailand Farmed in Fully Recirculating Systems
Shrimp Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Pacific White & West Coast White Shrimp, Ebi Mexico Farmed in Open Systems
Shrimp Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Black Tiger & White Shrimp, Tiger Prawn, Ebi Imported Farmed in Open Systems
Shrimp Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Pacific White & West Coast White Shrimp, Ebi U.S. Farmed in Fully Recirculating Systems or Inland Ponds
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Pacific White & West Coast White Shrimp, Ebi U.S. Farmed in Open Systems
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Brown, Pink, Rock, Royal Red, Seabob & White Shrimp, Ebi U.S. Gulf of Mexico except Louisiana, U.S. South Atlantic Otter Trawl
Shrimp Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Brown, Pink, Seabob & White Shrimp, Ebi U.S. Gulf of Mexico Skimmer Trawl
Shrimp Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Blue, Brown, Pink, Seabob & White Shrimp, Ebi Mexico Wild
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Ebi, Prawn, Shrimp Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Black Tiger & White Shrimp, Tiger Prawn, Ebi Aquaculture Stewardship Council Certified Farmed
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Black Tiger & White Shrimp, Tiger Prawn, Ebi Naturland Certified Farmed
Shrimp Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Black Tiger & White Shrimp, Tiger Prawn, Ebi Global Aquaculture Alliance BAP Certified Farmed
Shrimp, Black Tiger Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Tiger shrimp Southeast Asia Farmed, Selva Shrimp (R) Verified Farms
Shrimp, Louisiana Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Brown, Pink, Seabob & White Shrimp, Ebi Louisiana Wild
Shrimp, Northern Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Bay, Cocktail & Salad Shrimp, Ebi U.S., Canadian Atlantic Wild
Shrimp, Pink Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Bay, Cocktail, Ocean & Salad Shrimp, Ebi Oregon Wild


Freshwater Prawn, Farmed, U.S.

U.S. farmed freshwater prawns are raised in small-scale operations using practices that are compatible with the prawn's biology. These factors make U.S. farmed freshwater prawns a "Best Choice."

Consumer Note

Freshwater prawns are also known as Malaysian or giant river prawns. Although not generally available from retailers, they can be purchased directly from farms or ordered via the phone or internet. The terms "shrimp" and "prawn" are used interchangeably by markets and restaurants.

Summary

Freshwater prawns are tropical animals first brought to the U.S. in the 1960s. They're territorial and cannibalistic and don't tolerate crowded farm ponds. Freshwater prawns are omnivores and consume the plants, insects and other naturally occurring food available to them in the farm ponds. Only small amounts of added feed are required.

In most of the U.S., prawns are raised inland, away from the coast and the brackish water they need to reproduce. This, and their inability to tolerate winter temperatures, reduces the risk of escape and establishment in the wild.

Freshwater prawns are naturally resilient to disease and there has yet to be an outbreak in the U.S..

Pollution is also not a concern because most farms reuse or treat the pond water. These management practices help make this a sustainable option, despite the absence of government regulations.

U.S. farmed freshwater prawns are a "Best Choice" and, with a green rating in each of the criterion considered by Seafood Watch, one of the most sustainable seafood choices available.


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