We are on a mission!

  • By 2050 it is estimated that the global population will have increased to 9.2 billion people and perhaps much more.
  • The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation states that global aquaculture needs to double in size over the next decade to keep pace with the ever-rising demand for quality protein. However, over-fishing, the mismanagement of crucial feeding grounds and unsustainable farming methods are threatening the resilience of many fish stocks and the overall long-term supply of farmed fish to the global market.
  • A new farmed shrimp strategy report from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, published in December 2018, stated that only 8.8% of global production of farmed shrimp as “improving”. The report is a companion SFP’s “target 75” initiative which sets the goal of seeing 75% of the world’s seafood production in key seafood sectors operating sustainably or improving toward sustainable production by the close of 2020.

To help face down these challenges, Great British Prawns Ltd, along with our commercial and academic partners, has been working towards a sustainable production model for locally grown, premium quality seafood. The term ‘sustainability’ is key – we are striving to maximise the quality of our product whilst working within the carrying capacity of our surrounding ecosystem.

By using cutting-edge Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS), and some of the best minds in aquaculture industry today, GBP has developed such a sustainable prawn production model. We will build our first farm in Scotland and once demand outpaces supply we will scale up as needed.

Sustainable Seafoods

Innovative Use of Existing Technologies Using proven methods of producing and saving energy and heat (insulation, solar/wind/biomass generation etc.) each of GBP’s facilities will be designed with minimal impact on the environment at the forefront of our minds.

Building Upon New Technologies Our ongoing innovations will enable us to clean recirculating water within our systems using cutting-edge biofilters to capture any uneaten food/animal waste and turn it into a high-quality fish food component. The filtration system we are designing will be virtually waste-free.

High quality produce

Truly local Each facility is designed for deployment near towns and cities in order to minimise the time from harvest to table. As demand rises the facility can be easily scaled up with production units added as required.

Complete trace-ability Truly local produce means a direct line from farm to table. Farmed prawns can take up to a year to get from their country of origin to the UK, and are often frozen in the process. GBP’s prawns will simply travel from the farm to the consumer; all within 24 hours. Guaranteed.

No vaccines & no antibiotics Because our facility uses a closed system, every growing condition and metric is monitored and adjusted to maximise the animal’s health, well-being and eliminating the need for the medications needed in the existing prawn farming industry.

Alternative Feeds

Feeding What Feeds Us The growing demand for seafood places another critical challenge on the aquaculture industry; “How will farmed fish be fed?” At present the oceans are providing approximately 7 million tonnes of fishmeal and around 1 million tonnes of fish oil on a yearly basis, but this is unsustainable for an industry set to double in size in the next 30 years. The global demand for alternative and sustainable sources of high quality aqua- feeds is therefore immense.

Ragworm – a Sustainable Solution Ragworm species have been the focus of increased attention in recent years due to their bioremediation capabilities. Ragworm have the proven ability to feed and grow rapidly on aquaculture effluents. They are very robust and widespread, tolerating a wide range of temperatures, salinities and polluted environments. These characteristics make them an excellent candidate for bioremediation of different types of aquaculture effluents. GBP will increasingly look to the ragworm to play an active part in waste management and provide alternative value from farm waste. They are rich in digestible protein and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and are already a proven fish meal and fish oil replacement in aqua-feed. However, demand is vastly outpacing supply.

Now and In Future

From 2019 Great British Prawns will provide customers with a consistent and predictable supply of fresh, premium-quality prawns utilising world-leading technology that minimises impact on the environment and maximises animal welfare and efficiency. In the years to come we hope to have several more production facilities up and running.