The Big Prawn Company is proud to be one of the largest importers of crayfish in Europe. All crayfish in Big Prawn products are wild-caught. Our Chinese crayfish are sourced from large freshwater lakes along the Yangtze river. These lakes are naturally replenished with fresh water from the Great Yangtze River creating the perfect habitat for crayfish.
The crayfish species is actually native to America, however, the breed was unintentionally introduced during the 1920s and 1930s. Trading ships from America dropped their water ballast containing crayfish larvae in the Yangtze river. Since then, the crayfish population migrated inland and colonised large lakes in many different provinces. All fishing and processing is government regulated with permits, fishing areas requiring mandatory registration, and supervised by CIQ, to guarantee sustainable crayfish.
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