Pink Prawn

(Haliporoides triarthrus)

Knife shrimp, prawn, prawns

1. What is it?

Pink prawn ( Haliporoides triarthrus) is a short-lived and fast-growing species with a life span of 2 to 3 years. No recent stock assessment information is available but there are indications that the stock is overfished. In addition, fishing pressure is thought to be above sustainable levels putting it at further risk of overfishing.

2. How was it caught or farmed?

Pink prawn are caught in deep water using beam trawls. The fishery operates as a multispecies fishery targeting a number of other crustacean species. Discarding is considered to be high in the fishery with low survival. The fishery is known to have an impact on ETP species with high levels of bycatch. Impact on the benthic environment is likely.

3.Where is it from?

Pink prawns are caught along the Mozambique coast and imported into South Africa. The fishery is managed under a license system, including TAC and closed seasons. Management is considered as marginally effective; due to the fact that strategies looking at bycatch, discards and impact on ETP species are not available or not implemented.