Austral Fisheries Prawn Products

Prawn Species

Austral Fisheries’ fleet of ten prawn trawlers operate in the Northern Prawn Fishery, off the north coast of Australia. The fishery is highly regulated and produces the following species:

Common Name Scientific Name Catching Season Grades
Banana Prawn Penaeus merguiensis 1st Apr – 31st May U/10, U/15, U/20, U/25
Red Banana Prawn Penaeus indicus 1st Apr – 31st May U/10, U/15, U/20, U/25
Tiger Prawn Penaeus esculentus 1st Aug – 30th Nov U/6, 6/8, 9/12, 13/15, 16/20
Tiger Prawn Penaeus semisulcatus 1st Aug – 30th Nov U/6, 6/8, 9/12, 13/15, 16/20
Endeavour Prawn Metapenaeus endeavouri 1st Aug – 30th Nov U/10, U/15, U/20, U/25
Skull Island Tiger Prawn P. esculentus, P. semisulcatus 1st Aug – 30th Nov U/6


Pack Styles

Austral Fisheries offer several pack styles for our MSC certified Banana and Tiger Prawns.  All seek to reinforce the value of snap freezing a premium wild caught prawn.

Our premium Skull Island Tiger Prawns are hand selected at sea, packed & frozen semi-IQF into 3kg cartons. 3 x 3kg cartons are loaded into a master carton (9kg).

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By-catch in the Northen Prawn Fishery

In addition to our prawn target species, our vessels catch reasonable quantities of Moreton Bay Bugs, Squid, Cuttlefish, Leader prawns, Octopus and Pomfret.  All by-catch is generally packed ungraded into random weight bulk cartons.

Northern Prawn Fishery

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