American Prawn Cooperative Processing Center Celebrates Grand Opening

The American Prawn Cooperative Processing Center celebrated its grand opening in Greene County Friday morning.

Farmers from six counties make up the cooperative, and say they wanted to start it so they could pull their resources and not compete with each other for the same market.

They say Prawns are like big shrimp with long claws and say their taste has a lobster-like quality.

The cooperative says with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, prawns could become a popular alternative to seafood normally caught there.

The cooperative also received a $200,000 tobacco trust fund to help buy quick freeze equipment and $197,000 from the US Department of Agriculture to market Prawns at Friday's event.


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  • by Don on Jul 18, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    Dear Yuck, I feel sorry for you having not tried our product. We have and maintain our best management practice to produce this unique and desirable seafood. My only hope is that in the future you can determine that the seafood you are about to consume is local or imported and chemical free.
  • by JeffLaliberte Location: Port Richey , Florida on Jul 11, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    I like this ! I'm joining ' The American Prawn Cooperative'.........Then I can be a ' Prawn Star' !
  • by Yuck on Jun 16, 2010 at 01:08 AM
    Sorry, I'm with Anon there... I don't eat farm raised seafood for the same reason that I look for grass-fed/range-fed beef.
  • by Don Location: Vanceboro on Jun 13, 2010 at 05:40 PM
    Thanks to WITN for following this story and their coverage of our Ribbon Cutting event Friday. For those individuals seeking more information on the APC, visit our website at www.americanprawncooperative.com. There you can find contact information receipts and other details on members APC
  • by jg on Jun 13, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    Go to www.relyeascrazyclaws.com to find out information on some delicious farm raised prawns. We raise only the best!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    Glad to find out they are farmed raised. Try to avoid farm raised seafood.
  • by local Location: jville on Jun 12, 2010 at 08:09 AM
    To spell check I'm suprised your comment was posted. WITN's brief and I mean brief news stories are as you say. I would also rate them 0-10 compared to coast to coast news sites (2) and thats streaching IT.
  • by jg on Jun 12, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    My uncle raises prawns and is one of the six farmers in this cooperative in Greene County. You can go to our farm on Meadow Road in Greene County. Look for the sign that reads Relyea's Produce and someone at the farm will tell you everything you need to know. They're busy up there this time of year so someone should be up there to help and answer any questions. The prawns are pretty good, I encourage people to check them out.
  • by ...spellcheck is not always your friend on Jun 12, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    Not trying to be nasty here, but please, WITN, proofread your news stories before you put them out here. You guys are making mistakes left and right. It causes people to doubt your journalism skills to see it on a consistent basis. Resources are not *pulled...* they are *pooled.* Please correct this. In the future, have someone proofread behind the author of a news story before you hit submit. This is beginning to happen on a daily basis and is eroding my confidence level in your station as a whole.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2010 at 05:00 AM
    Would love more information on where these are harvested and where they can be bought and how about price per pound? Come on WITN, this is only half the story.
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