Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture (GCMA) is one of the largest Black Tiger Prawn farming companies in Australia with an annual production capacity of ≈ 1,000 tonnes.
The original farm was founded on Cane land at the mouth of the Logan River, South East Queensland by Noel Herbst in 1986; it remains a family owned business.
The prawns are marketed as Gold Coast Tiger Prawns; they are one of Australia’s most recognised prawns having won Gold Medals in 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010 and 2009 (also 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002) at Sydney’s Royal Fine Food Show.
In 2010 GCMA was the first Black Tiger Prawn farm in the world to fully stock with juveniles from domesticated brood stock rather than juveniles bred from wild caught brood stock.
Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture (GCMA) has two farms, one at Mossman in Far North Queensland and one near the Gold Coast in South East Queensland.
The benefit of having two farms in different geographic locations is that GCMA can supply the market with fresh prawns from November to May.
Gold Coast Farm, South East Queensland
Season: mid-January to mid May
Situated on the mouth of the Logan River between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the farm is ideally located to supply fresh prawns to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
The Logan River farm is fully integrated with its own Hatchery, Grow-out ponds; SQF 2000 accredited processing facility and cold store.
The prawns from this farm are sold as a fresh (never frozen) cooked or raw prawn or frozen IQF cooked or raw prawn wet pack.
Mossman Farm, Far North Queensland
Season: November to mid-January
The farm at Mossman is the most Northern Prawn farm in Australia, the warmer climate means that it is the first farm to start harvesting in November and typically the farm with the largest sized prawns for this time of year.
- Preservative Free, No Sodium Metabisulphite
- Gold Coast Tiger Prawns are processed from live prawns, removing the need for preservatives, improving quality and extending shelf life.
- Fresh (never been frozen)
- November to May, whole cooked and raw
- IQF Brine Frozen
- Year round, whole cooked
- Wet Pack Frozen
- Year round, whole raw