Sourcing Our Scallops in Peru
The Big Prawn Company sources scallops from Guaynuma Bay within Peru. Guaynuma Bay is a large bay that idyllic for scallop farming.
Our scallops come from Acuapesca who is the pioneer of scallop production in Peru. Located on a site that has been an aquaculture for over 1000 years. The processing factory is located only 30 minutes from the bay, keeping the scallops as fresh as possible. The farm prides itself on caring for the environment with an ethos for sustainability in the fishery. This farming operation holds a Friends of the Sea accreditation and Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification.
Scallop Farming Process
Acuapesca has its own hatchery and farms. The hatchery process takes 1 month followed by 14 months at sea whilst the scallops grow out. The Acuapesca hatchery produces 5 batches every year, with each one taking approximately 30-40 days to produce. Only the best parent scallop will be chosen from the wild with the condition and roe taken into consideration. There is a laborious process of caring for the scallops at this stage with protective shields being changed to remove any fouling every 10 days. Following this hatchery process – that happens 4 times – the scallops are moved onto the farm ready for growing out. This growing out is process via multiple stages. The first stage of growing out is 1 month long, the 2nd phase is 1 and half months long, and the following stages all 3 months long. After each stage is complete, the lantern lines containing the scallops are brought out of the water to be washed, graded, and returned into larger nets. Upon the final harvest, the scallops would have reached approximately 8cms and are brought directly to the bay’s pier. The scallops are refrigerated and iced as they’re taken to the processing plant to stop them drying out and losing moisture.
Scallops are harvested all year round but it tends to be best during the summer months when the water temperature is higher and the weather generally better.
Reducing Waste in the Aquaculture
Acuapesca has many different processes to reduce their waste within scallop farming. Following the pressure washing of the lanterns, debris is collected and taken to an approved facility to process the waste. For their wastewater, there is a wastewater treatment process. The water is passed through a series of tanks to take the foam out and then two large sedimentation tanks before being pumped back to the sediment. The fouling waste from the scallop lanterns are dried, and collected to act as a fertiliser for the agriculture industry.
Discover The Big Prawn’s scallop products here.