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A total of 19 prawn vessels operate in PNG. Of the total, fifteen domestic prawn trawlers operate in the Gulf of Papua Prawn Fishery, while one operates in the Orangerie Bay Prawn Fishery and three in the Torres Strait Fishery.

In the Gulf of Papua fishery, a total annual catch from all species of prawns is on average about 1, 000 metric tonnes (tail weight) per annum, with an estimated value of K10 million (AUS$ 5 million). The fishery remains closed to foreign involvement. Prawns are processed and packed on board and mainly exported to Japan, Singapore and Australia or are sold domestically within PNG. The fishery is managed under the Gulf of Papua Prawn Fishery Management Plan.

The fishery believed to be nearing its catch potential and with the increase efficiency in fishing effort has raised concerns for research. The lack of knowledge and uncertainty about the status of the prawn stock and a measure of effective fishing effort has led an ACIAR-NFA funded research project on the economics, biology and management strategy evaluation for the fishery. This is being implemented. The study would provide basis for effective management of the Gulf of Papua prawn resources and aims to ensure their sustainability and maximum long-term economic and social benefits. Additionally, it aims to provide sound basis to state whether an inshore (inside three miles) fishery would be viable.

The prawn and lobster fisheries in the Torres Strait Protected Zone is being co-managed with Australia under the Torres Strait Treaty Arrangements. The management is aimed at preserving the fishery for the traditional inhabitants, with strict limited entry for non-inhabitants.

The lobster fishery currently involves more than five hundred divers annually and generates an annual estimated average of about 80 mt, worth approximately a little over K4 million in exports alone. Products are mainly exported to the United States markets. The prawn fishery has still availabilities for more active fishing vessels to participate. Restrictions and high fishing operational cost appear to make this fishery less economic than the Gulf of Papua prawn fishery. An annual harvest of prawn (all species) was worth approximately K3 million in exports alone and products exported to Asian markets.

The Orangerie Bay Prawn fishery has one active vessel. The catches are unloaded onto a shore based facilities where there are processed and packed. The annual export value of prawns (all species) from Orangerie Bay fishery is worth an approximate of K100, 000.00. The products are mainly exported to Asia and even sold domestically. The Orangerie Bay Prawn Fishery Management Plan manages the fishery.