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Commercial Fishing Tiger Prawn (Penaeus esculentus) & Black Tiger Prawn (Penaeus Monodon), BT Shrimp



Commercial Fishing for Tiger Prawns | Black Tiger Shrimp:

Map showing commercial tiger prawn fishery area in Australian watersDistribution – Black Tiger Prawns are occasionally trawled off the coasts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, out to depths of 150m. However, most are produced by Aquaculture. In NSW, Tiger Prawns are grown at a number of north coast Prawn Farms.

Size – Black Tiger Prawns can reach 35cm in length and 150g in weight. However, they are commonly harvested at 10-13cm.

Characteristics – Tiger prawns are brown with distinct dark bands. There are 7-8 spines on top of the rostrum and 2-3 spines on the underside.

 

Fresh cooked tiger prawns, BT shrimp on iceSizes of Prawns:
Prawns are graded according to the number of prawns per pound (445 grams) or per Kilo (1000gms)

U/10 = under 10 prawns per pound (extra large) (between 16 to 20 prawns to the Kilo)

10/20 = 10 to 20 prawns per pound (medium) (between 22 to 42 prawns to the kilo)

20/30 = 20 to30 prawns per pound (small to medium) (between 44 to 67 prawns to the kilo)

300/500 = 300 to 500 prawns per pound (extra small - shrimps) (between 675 to 1124 prawns to the kilo)

S & B = Soft and broken prawns - these are export 2nds due to slight damage or soft shell due to prawn malting just prior to capture.

Tips:- when comparing prices always compare by asking the count per pound - the lower the count the larger the size. The larger the size the higher the price

Scientific Name Penaeus esculentus
Location Australia wide, prolific northern Australia
Season April-June, August - November
Size To 340mm total length
Australian Species Code 00 701900
Taste, Texture -

Green uncooked tiger prawns whole head on

Species: Penaeus Monodon (Family: penaeidae)
English: Giant tiger prawn
French: Crevette géante tigrée
Spanish: Camarón tigre gigante

Commercial Names: Jumbo tiger prawn
Germany: Bärenschiffskielgarnele
India: Jinga (Bombay region); Kara chemmeen (Kerala); Yera (Madras); Bagda chingri (Calcutta)
Japan: Ushi-ebi
Pakistan: kalri (word also used for other species)
Iran: Tiger prawn, Monodon
Thailand: Kung kula-dum

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See Also:  Brown Shrimp  |  Brown Tiger Shrimp  |  Cat Tiger Shrimp  |  Eastern King Prawn  |  Endeavour Prawn  |  Freshwater Shrimp  |  Macrobrachium Shrimp  |  Black Tiger Prawn  |  Penaeus Monodon  |  Pink Shrimp  |  Red Argentine Shrimp  |  Deep Sea Red Shrimp  |  Flower Shrimp  |  Penaeus Indicus  |  Vannamei Shrimp  |  Giant Freshwater Prawn  |  King Prawn  |  Prawns  |  School Prawns  |  Red Spot King Prawn  |

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Black Tiger Prawns (Penaeus Monodon) - (also known as giant tiger prawn, jumbo tiger prawn, black tiger prawn, BT Shrimp, leader prawn, sugpo and grass prawn) is a marine crustacean that is widely reared for food.

The black tiger prawn is a widespread, fast growing tropical to subtropical species suited to warm brackish water that occurs naturally along the northern Australian coast.

The natural distribution is Indo-West-Pacific, ranging from the eastern coast of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, as far as South-east Asia, and the Sea of Japan. They can also be found in eastern Australia, and a small number have colonised the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal. Further invasive populations have become established in Hawaii and the Atlantic coast of the USA (Florida, Georgia and South Carolina).

The species can tolerate a wide range of salinity, ranging from brackish to 40 ppt (parts per thousand), although it prefers lower salinities and warmer temperatures.

These prawns are farmed around the world in earthen ponds that are close to estuarine parts of river systems or bays. The ponds, which are approximately 1 hectare in size and have a depth ranging from 1.5 to 2 metres, have a gently sloping bottom that allows for easy draining to harvest the prawns

Both sexes reach approximately 36 cm long, and females can weigh up to 650 g, making it the world's largest species of prawn.


 

See Also:
Tiger Prawn (Penaeus esculentus) & Black Tiger Prawn (Penaeus Monodon) Photographs and Information

Cooking Tiger Prawns | Recipes using Black Tiger Shrimp

Commercial Fishing Tiger Prawn (Penaeus esculentus) & Black Tiger Prawn (Penaeus Monodon), BT Shrimp

Tiger Prawn (Penaeus esculentus) & Black Tiger Prawn (Penaeus Monodon) Links & Resources

 


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