King prawns can reach a body length of up to 30 centimetres
Prawn/shrimp meat is firm and very tasty. It is great grilled and served with salads or pasta dishes.
Prawns/shrimps are rich in protein.
Their main habitats are the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, and estuaries on the Indo-Pacific, South American and African coasts.
As ground animals, the shrimps live on the seabed near the coast.
They eat algae and plankton.
A shrimp has an elongated body, which is more or less cylindrical and slightly compressed laterally, and a thin shell. They have long antennae and very delicate claws (“pincers”).
Commercially, these fish are called “shrimps” and “prawns” – with additions such as “giant”, “king” or “tiger – depending on their size. There is also a distinction between hot and cold water shrimps and marine and freshwater shrimps.
The farming or aquaculture includes the controlled breeding of aquatic organisms. Aquaculture is gaining in importance, particularly as a result of increasing international demand.