Kuruma prawn aquaculture

The kuruma prawn is a subtropical species native to the Indo-West Pacific and extending to the Red Sea and Africa.

Historically, kuruma prawns were sold almost exclusively to Japan in live form; however, production has almost ceased in Queensland, with only 1 farm producing limited quantities for the Australian market.

Operating and capital costs for kuruma prawns are generally higher than for black tiger prawns because of different cultural environments (e.g. deeper ponds and longer growout periods). Feed for kuruma prawns is also more expensive because of the higher protein levels required.

This guide provides an overview of kuruma prawn aquaculture in Queensland.