Tropical Rock Lobsters have a wide geographical range in the Indo-Pacific. The suitability of this fast growing species for aquaculture is demonstrated by the success of on-growing wild caught lobsters in South-East Asia. Supply of lobster seed stock (Puerulus and juveniles) has been a major stumbling block for establishing a sustainable commercial industry and for enhancing understanding of the sustainability of wild fisheries until now…
Ornatas and their partners aim to position Australia at the forefront of onshore lobster aquaculture, with opportunity for technology transfer to other aquaculture sectors.
Tropical Rock Lobster lifecycle
Delicate and complex
Tropical Rock Lobsters have a complex larval cycle and poor survival rates during their many moult stages, especially at metamorphosis.
Until recently, the lobster’s long and complex lifecycle has made it impossible to produce seed stock in a commercially scalable hatchery. The secret to successful breeding and culturing Tropical Rock Lobsters is based on the methods and equipment that have been designed to support optimal animal culture parameters at each of the stages of their complex life cycle.
The methods and equipment used to produce commercial numbers of spiny lobster seed stock will allow the establishment of a cost-effective attainable industry.