Ornatas Hatchery


Ornatas is building the world’s first commercial lobster hatchery, a new global industry with its birthplace in Tasmania.

The Ornatas team will commercialise the breakthrough research into the lobster’s complex larval cycle undertaken by University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). Until recently, the lobster’s long and complex lifecycle has made it impossible to produce lobster seed stock in a commercially scalable hatchery.

Ornatas is an Australian-owned spin-off company from PFG Group Pty Ltd. Ornatas has been incorporated expressly to establish a lobster aquaculture industry in Australia and is now pursuing new markets for aquaculture produced seedstock and premium quality cultured lobsters.

The hatchery build

Our pilot-scale hatchery is currently planned to be built at a site in Taroona, next door to the existing IMAS site. Local Tasmanian designers, architects, an aquaculture equipment manufacturer, and the scientists at IMAS Taroona are currently working with our team on the development plans of the hatchery.

An artist’s impression of the hatchery site will be available soon.

Environment protection and preservation

With a strong belief in protecting and enhancing the Tasmanian environment, our goal is to create a centre of excellence that is visually sympathetic and compliments the coastal location. We respect the environmental, cultural and heritage values of the Taroona site for the pilot-scale hatchery facility.  The building will be designed so that it will blend into the natural environment and will incorporate state-of-the-art energy and water use efficiency features.  Our aim is to minimise the environmental footprint with the building to have a 6-star rating or above.

Ornatas will actively participate in intiatives to protect the local environment

The hatchery will use state of the art energy and water methods

The hatchery building will be sympathetic to the natural environment

Highest level of biosecurity standards, meeting national and international standards for export

Reducing pressure on the wild catch Tropical Rock Lobster puerulus industry

Economic and employment growth

Within 5 years a new industry will be established in Tasmania providing training, jobs and economic benefits to the community.

More than $45 million will be invested in research and development, building and operating the pilot-scale hatchery over the next two to five years.   Tasmanian suppliers and contractors who will provide materials, equipment and services enabling these businesses to develop, benefit and grow, and creating jobs in the community.

Education & training opportunities

Our vision is to create a centre of excellence in Lobster aquaculture. In partnership with the University of Tasmania, the pilot-scale hatchery will support over 35 people working on spiny rock lobsters. To enable scientific progress in lobster production, training and PhD scholarships will form an integral part of the work being undertaken.  We will continue to develop the community engagement currently underway with the University and Taroona High School, highlighting exciting career opportunities within science.

We will invest in our own hatchery staff through higher education opportunities and encourage all involved in this work to be world leaders and strive for world first breakthroughs.