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Geothermal prawn farming

Geothermal prawn farming

Geothermal waste heat is used at Taupō to cultivate giant river prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii), which require warm temperatures (24–28ºC). The prawns live for four months in indoor nursery tanks, and are moved into outdoor tanks for another five months. They are then harvested and sold exclusively to local restaurants.

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Carol Stewart, 'Geothermal energy - Other uses of geothermal energy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Carol Stewart, published 12 Jun 2006