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Prawn Growth Boost by Selective Breeding

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AUSTRALIA - A co-operative effort between prawn farmers and CSIRO has shown that tiger prawn yields can be boosted by 40 per cent through the simple process of breeding prawns in hatcheries rather than getting wild-harvest stock.

CSIRO's Nigel Preston says this type of selective breeding has produced a better tasting and looking prawn, according to WFGA News.

"The trick has been to recreate the environment and the breeding system that's as close to the natural environment where the prawns breed," he was quoted as having said.

The process to breed up to a perfect prawn could take up to four years but given the quality and productivity gains available the outcome seems to be worth the effort.