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Title:

Seafood CRC: maximising the quality of Australian wild-caught prawns (Quality Assurance)

Project Number:

2011-747

Organisation:

Curtin University

Principal Investigator:

Jayne M. Gallagher

Project Status:

Current

FRDC Expenditure:

$177,179.94

Program(s):

Industry

Maximising the quality of Australian Wild Caught Prawns (Quality Assurance)

Final Report
ISBN:978-0-9925566-4-6
ISSN:
Author(s):Dr Janet Howieson, Dr Rachel Tonkin, Kerri Choo, Carol Low, Annie Jarrett and Professor Meredith Lawley
Date Published:November 2018
This project, CRC 2011/747, was funded to develop a whole of chain quality assurance program within the prawn industry, focusing on five supply chain stakeholder groups: fishers, processors, wholesalers/distributors, retailers/food service, and finally the consumer. The aim was to increase knowledge and improve best practice skills to maximise prawn quality right through the supply chain. This was considered necessary in light of the “Love Australian Prawns” national marketing strategy.
 
OUTCOMES ACHIEVED
The wild harvest Australian prawn industry and aligned down chain stakeholders have access to a suite of resources to ensure a consistent, high quality Australian prawn product.
 
LIST OF OUTPUTS PRODUCED
• A consumer information pamphlets circulated to >400 retail outlets in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
• Retail poster circulated to >400 independent retail outlets.
• Online training resource for crew & skippers developed and piloted.
• An agreed set of parameters describing a “quality” Australian prawn.
• Best practice documentation/guides produced for fishers, wholesalers & distributors, retail and food service, and consumers.
• >15 industry and conference presentations
• Two industry magazine articles

Objectives

1. The Australian prawn market development strategy is underpinned by supply of a consistent, high quality product.

2. To establish, trial, and evaluate the impact of a national, whole of chain, prawn quality program for grading, shelf-life, appearance and provenance of Australian prawns.