Monday, August 2, 2010

Lauren Farms Honored Nationally as 'Seafood Champion'; Among Popular Chefs Moonen and Ash

MONTEREY BAY, Calif. -- Lauren Farms, producer of U. S. Farm-Raised Freshwater Prawns, was recognized as a 2010 “Seafood Champion” by the Seafood Watch program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Calif. Recognition was given at the annual “Cooking for Solutions” event to only 8 individuals and companies, recognizing them as leaders that have embraced the message of sustainable seafood and are taking it to new levels.

Dolores Fratesi, owner of Lauren Farms, Inc., was a bit surprised to be honored among such prestigious company such as chefs Rick Moonen and John Ash, but excited for the recognition.

“We work so tirelessly to promote the freshwater prawn and sustainable aquaculture,” Fratesi said. “For our farm, it’s unreal to receive national recognition from the most powerful, national force in sustainability - the Seafood Watch Program. It feels good to know that they value the work we’re doing.”

The annual “Cooking for Solutions” event is a culinary experience and a way to connect what we eat to healthy aquaculture and agriculture. Over 3,000 chefs, media representatives, restaurateurs, researchers, and guests attend the event. This year, Lauren Farms’ Freshwater Prawns were prepared as a ceviche dish by the popular San Francisco restaurant, Tataki Sushi Bar.

A Mississippi-based company, Lauren Farms follows the highest sustainability practices in producing freshwater prawns. In doing so, U.S. Freshwater Prawns have been designated a “Best Choice” for consumers by the Seafood Watch program. Owners, Dolores and her husband, Steve Fratesi, are considered role models for sustainable prawn aquaculture.

Steve Fratesi states,” Preserving inland aquaculture is one of the most important conservation issues today. It is the farmer’s responsibility and also, the responsibility of the consumer to support safe foods supplied by well managed U.S. farms.”

Freshwater prawns are most closely related to lobster and boast a mild, sweet, lobster-like taste which most chefs and ‘foodies’ prefer. Prawns have distinct nutritional qualities, as they are low in fat, calories, iodine, sodium and high in protein and Omega3 fatty acids.

Seafood Watch is committed to preserving our food supply by educating individuals on sustainable products. “Sustainable” foods are those that will be raised in a manner making them available to future generations. For more information on Seafood Watch visit

For more information on Lauren Farms’ Freshwater Prawns, visit or call 662-390-3528 today.

Lauren Farms featured as "Picture of the Week" on FishWise!

Lauren Farms is honored to be the picture of the week on the FishWise website! The image above is featured with the following message:
This week’s photo comes from one of our producer partners, Lauren Farms. They specialize in the culture of freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) and catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) from egg to harvest at their 14 acre farm in Mississippi. They are at the forefront of the industry employing a contained aquaculture system that minimizes escapes, disease and pollution. Their sustainable farming practices have earned them a green 'Best Choice' ranking according to criteria developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Keep up the great work, Lauren Farms!
Thanks again for the recognition and support, FishWise!

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