Aquaculture Profile:

White Leg Prawn

Litopenaeus vannamei

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White Leg Prawn

Litopenaeus vannamei

White Leg Prawns (widely known as "vannamei") are native to the warm marine waters of the Eastern Pacific. The availability of hatchery-reared seed has enabled vannamei to be farmed across the globe. Vannamei dominates warm water prawn aquaculture, accounting for around 75% of the world’s annual farmed prawn production. Global production in 2016 equated to some 4.15 million tonnes.

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