Our Stories.

Born Free. Caught Wild.

The Northern Prawn Fishery

The sunsets are “mad” and the sunrises even more beautiful in the NPF. Follow the story of five wild characters from vastly different backgrounds who find their place and purpose in the vastness of the Northern Prawn Fishery. The NPF is at the global forefront of inventing, trialling and testing new technology to help the fleet tread ever lighter in a pristine tropical paradise.

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The Northern Prawn Fishery

Australia’s largest and most advanced prawn fishery and the first tropical prawn fishery in the world to be MSC certified sustainable.

We catch...

Banana Prawn
Banana Prawn
Endeavour Prawn
Endeavour Prawn
King Prawn
King Prawn
Tiger Prawn
Tiger Prawn
Fishery Area770,000 km²
Total Catch8,000 tonnes
Prawn Seasons Banana: Apr - Jun
Tiger : Aug - Nov
Endeavour : Aug - Nov
Western King: Aug - Nov

They Go to Sea.

Queensland East Coast

Fishing. Family. Community. Spending time at sea away from their families to feed people in their community, most Queensland wild prawn fishers are small businesses supporting regional and coastal communities.

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Queensland East Coast

Home to abundant species and thriving fishing communities in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Bowen, Hervey Bay, Tin Can Bay, Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast.

We catch...

Banana Prawn
Banana Prawn
Endeavour Prawn
Endeavour Prawn
King Prawn
King Prawn
Tiger Prawn
Tiger Prawn
Fishery Area110,000 km²
Total Catch6,500 tonnes
Prawn Seasons Eastern King : All year with peak in May - Jul
Tiger: Mar - Nov
Endeavour: All year with peak Mar - Jun
Banana: All year with peak Apr - May
Bay Prawn: Oct - Feb limited availability May - Jul

Our Waters.
Our Wild Prawns.

NSW

A young girl made up her mind that she wanted to skipper a prawn boat. A bond between dad, daughter and mum stronger than anchor chain and an eager young recreational fisher turned pro, NSW is home to passionate wild prawn fishers who love the waters they call home.

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NSW

From Ballina in the north to Eden in the south, NSW fisheries also include estuaries and rivers where the school prawns roam.

We catch...

King Prawn
King Prawn
School Prawn
School Prawn
Fishery Area46,000 km²
Total Catch1,200 tonnes
Prawn Seasons School: Oct - May
King: All year with peak Mar - Aug

Trust the Local.

Victoria

A small but hardy bunch of fishers make their way out in Lakes Entrance, Victoria looking for sweet school prawns and discovering there’s far more to a prawn fishery than prawns.

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Victoria

A small fishery supplying eastern king and school prawns, mainly active around the Gippsland Lakes.

We catch...

King Prawn
King Prawn
School Prawn
School Prawn
Fishery Area1,500 km²
Total Catch115 tonnes
Prawn Seasons Eastern King: Nov - Dec
School: Nov - Dec

Teach a Man to Fish.

St Vincent Gulf, SA

“Boys, you’ve heard of heaven, heaven is nothing compared to this great country”. When a Croatian refugee arrived in South Australia decades ago, little did he know it would lead to a career, love and a community built around Australian wild prawns.

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St Vincent Gulf, SA

The waters off Adelaide are home to small but tight knit community of fishers.

We catch...

King Prawn
King Prawn
Fishery Area7,744 km²
Total Catch220 tonnes
Prawn Seasons Western King: Mar - Jul
Nov - Dec

In the Blood.

Spencer Gulf, SA

The Spencer Gulf prawn fishery is a poster child for responsibly sourced wild king prawns, but it took early action from the fishers to shape it this way. Find out how three generations have helped transform the Spencer Gulf fishery into a trusted source of gourmet prawns that grace the tables of white linen restaurants around Australia.

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Spencer Gulf, SA

The poster child for sustainable wild prawns.

We catch...

King Prawn
King Prawn
Fishery Area16,000 km²
Total Catch2,000 tonnes
Prawn Seasons Western King: Oct - Dec
Mar - Jun

World Heritage,
Wilderness Wonderland.

Shark Bay, WA

From the north west of WA all the way to the fine tables of Fremantle, discover a wilderness where fishers, tour operators and everyone else who wants to wet a line all work together. Respecting the science is crucial to careful management of an ecosystem that’s not just special to those who live here, but the entire world.

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Shark Bay, WA

World class prawns in a world heritage environment.

We catch...

King Prawn
King Prawn
Tiger Prawn
Tiger Prawn
Fishery Area5,376 km²
Total Catch1,500 tonnes
Prawn Seasons Mar - Sept

Respect the Wild.

Exmouth Gulf, WA

A remote outpost grew into community through wild Australian prawns. Now it’s all about the ecosystem as the fleet acts as one to make sure there’s plenty for the future.

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Exmouth Gulf, WA

The fishery that built a community.

We catch...

Banana Prawn
Banana Prawn
Endeavour Prawn
Endeavour Prawn
King Prawn
King Prawn
Tiger Prawn
Tiger Prawn
Fishery Area2,670 km²
Total Catch900 tonnes
Prawn Seasons Apr - Nov

We care for more than the prawns.

If the ocean is your office, your livelihood, you want to protect and preserve it. Here’s what we care about and why.

What we care about