This book contains seminars papers presented by speakers at the International Seminar on “GIANT MALAYSIAN PRAWN 2008” held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 28-29th 2008. In recent years, freshwater prawn industry has passed through crisis particularly in procuring wild broodstock. Disease treatment and prevention are also lagging behind with lack of effective techniques and strategies to cope with sudden outbreaks.  The seminar brought together prominent scientist, researchers and professionals from Australia, China, India, Philippines, Vietnam and local experts deliberating on the issues for the improvement and production performance of this giant freshwater prawn.

The giant freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) is an important freshwater crustacean cultured in several tropical and subtropical countries. Its attributes such as ease of breeding in captivity, omnivorous feeding habit and good flesh quality has made it a popular shellfish in domestic and export markets. The demand for the freshwater prawn has grown over the years in the international market particularly in the US and Western Europe. The species is even gaining popularity in the Caribbean, Mauritius and Reunion markets due to an increase demand from the tourism industry.

These technical proceedings provide readers access to the latest information about the Giant Malaysian Prawn on topics including:

  • Culture/Nutrition
  • Biodiversity
  • Genetics
  • Breeding

The Giant Malaysian Prawn 2008 was a milestone progress when the scientist from the region united to contemplate and highlighted future research and development to bring back the glory of the industry once achieved for technical, socio-economic and market gains.