Sustainable British prawns from two UK prawn farms are now available for delivery in a step forward for ethical sourcing of one of the most problematic and popular seafoods.
Based in Stirlingshire, Scotland, Great British Prawns had previously been supplying restaurants and chefs within a two-mile radius.
Now, households across the UK are able to order the farm’s saltwater prawns online, with 1kg packs (around 35-40 large king prawns), delivered in fully recyclable packaging with no polystyrene, at a cost of £40 plus delivery. Sustainable British prawns are also available for home delivery from another UK prawn farm, Flo Gro, in Lincolnshire, which uses a similar sustainable farming system.
Great British Prawns Director, James McEuen, said: “We’re really proud of our sustainable king prawns. Great British Prawns’ approach means that we are able to offer these with the highest welfare standards and with no antibiotics or air miles – delivered direct to households across the UK.”
The farm is the UK’s first so-called ‘clean water’ farm, as it uses a recirculation system that cleans and recycles the majority of the water used by the prawns. This means it doesn’t need to add antibiotic and other chemical inputs common in overseas prawn farming and reduces its impact on the surrounding environment.
It is powered by energy from an anaerobic digester on a neighbouring dairy farm, and uses insulation and bio-filters to clean and recycle its waste, and use heat that would otherwise have been lost.
“By buying Great British Prawns, people across the UK are supporting a new and sustainable approach to seafood production,” said McEuen.
Currently, most of the UK’s king prawns are sourced frozen from farms in the Far East and Central America, travelling on average 6,000 miles and produced using methods widely condemned for their environmental practices. This includes a practice called ablation that is commonly used to pluck out the eyes of female shrimps to prolong their fertility.
UK supermarkets have been criticised for their sourcing from some overseas prawn farms after a Guardian investigation uncovered a network of modern slavery, while imported prawns have been delisted by ethical suppliers such as Cornwall-based Fish for Thought.