Ornatas is developing a sustainable aquaculture industry for lobster, with its home here in Australia. We currently have two locations, Toomulla Beach, Townsville and Hobart, Tasmania. The Toomulla Beach hatchery and grow-out location was selected to provide the perfect growing environment, its close proximity to Townsville brings many opportunities for economic growth and development of employment opportunities in the region. In Tasmania we are currently in the planning process of developing a pilot-scale hatchery and centre of excellence for lobster aquaculture. The proposed site is co-located with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), to allow access to key expertise and existing infrastructure critical to proving commercial viability of the lobster breeding technology.
Toomulla Beach, Townsville
Proposed pilot-scale hatchery development, Tasmania
Ornatas is developing a sustainable aquaculture industry for lobster, with its home here in Australia.
A planning application has been prepared and submitted for the Ornatas pilot-scale hatchery in Tasmania. Ireneinc Planning and Urban Design have prepared the application which is subject to the relevant provisions of the Kingborough Interim Planning Scheme 2015. Learn more about the proposed development and information about the proposal.
Toomulla Beach. Townsville
The Toomulla beach location was carefully chosen from several options in Northern Australia. It provides the perfect growing environment, is in close proximity to Townsville and James Cook University, giving access to our highly skilled work force required for this type of venture.
Initially, the focus at Toomulla Beach is to produce the iconic Moreton Bay Bugs – a favourite of many Australians. The plan is to produce around 150 tonnes of this delicacy within five years and market them initially to local restaurants and retailers.
Front entrance of the Ornatas hatchery and grow-out, in Toomulla Beach, Townsville
Ornatas has a commitment to protecting the environment. We carefully consider environmentally sensitive practices in our process and operations. We have an ambition to alleviate the pressure on the wild catch lobster industry.
Our hatcheries use state of the art energy and water methods
Reducing pressure on the wild catch Tropical Rock Lobster puerulus industry
Highest level of biosecurity standards, meeting national and international standards for export
Our hatcheries will be sympathetic to the natural environment
Ornatas will actively participate in initiatives to protect the local environment