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The Imported Prawn Supply Chain.

Above you will see the infographic that simply maps out the supply chain of farmed prawns. In the past, there has been human trafficking and slavery on the fishing vessels for the catching of “trash fish” for the production of fishmeal to feed the prawns, on the prawn farms, the processing/ peeling factories.

News providers including The Guardian, Associated Press, and The New York Times, have reported multiple instances of human trafficking in the prawn industry in Thailand and SE Asia. Despite recent governmental developments, a variety of issues remain including: high risk recruitment practices, labour agent practices, corruption, inadequate labour inspections and prosecution, and continuing indicators of forced labour.

Some companies like Nestlé, have worked at increased supply chain traceability by forming additional partnerships with NGOs, government, and producers. BAP (The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices) 3rd party certification program has prohibited outsourcing to prawn processing/peeling sheds. It is complex, hidden and profitable!

NGO, Fishwise, proposes that seafood buyers for imported prawns (and seafood) should

  • Map it: Request full traceability to legal vessels, farms, and inputs
  • Analyze: Conduct a risk assessment and focus work on areas of the highest risk
  • Commit and track: Ensure that each link in the supply chain makes a binding, documentable commitment to social responsibility goals and to tracking progress against those goals
  • Communicate with vendors: Share concerns with vendors and ensure improvements are made
  • Audit and certify: Support unannounced labor audits of vessels, farms, and processing facilities and seek certification or adhere to best practice guidance
  • Communicate with consumers: Provide clear information to consumers regarding sourcing and sustainability
  • Engage: Participate in multi-stakeholder dialogues and support relevant policy to combat illegal fishing and human rights or labour abuses
  • Support improvements: Consider supporting Fishery and Aquaculture Improvement Projects with social components or providing support to social initiatives
  • Share: Promote transparency and positive social stories [1]

  • [1] 2017.07.19 Briefing on Human Trafficking and Abuse in Thailand's Shrimp supplly

Baked Spanish Rice with Prawns and Chorizo

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Serves 4


  • 3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 good sized Chorizo Sausage thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red capsicum, deseeded and chopped
  • 200 gms button mushrooms sliced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp each smoked paprika
  • 500g short grain rice
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup (3750ml) dry white wine or Rose
  • 1L chicken stock
  • 1 bunch broccolini, chopped
  • 12-20 large green prawns
  • Juice of 1 lemon, plus extra wedges to serve
  • Flat-leaf parsley to serve with


  • Preheat oven to 220oC. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and capsicum and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.
  • Add garlic, tomato, mushrooms and spices and cook for a further 3 minutes until fragrant. Add rice and stir to coat. Add wine and stock.
  • Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Cook 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir through the broccolini.
  • Spoon into a baking dish. Top with prawns and Chorizo and squeeze over lemon juice. Roast 12-17 minutes until prawns are cooked and top of rice is starting to go a little crispy.
  • Serve scattered with parsley and lemon wedges.
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