Innovate to grow
Recreating the complex ocean environment to produce Tropical Rock Lobster and Moreton Bay Bugs.
Ornatas has commercialised world leading science and technology for spiny lobster breeding developed by our partners, the University of Tasmania Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.
With a commitment, not only lobster production, but to building an international reputation as a centre of excellence for hatchery based spiny lobster production. Ornatas works with world-leading scientists, pushing forward with new and innovative ways to improve aquaculture practices.
Ornatas and their partners are positioning Australia at the forefront of onshore lobster aquaculture, with opportunity for technology transfer to other aquaculture sectors.
Scott Parkinson, CEO Ornatas
The ARC Research Hub Partnership
As Ornatas’ key research partner, The ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture aims to build knowledge to establish the world’s first sustainable onshore lobster aquaculture industry focused on commercial, sustainable, and socially acceptable lobster production from hatchery to market. Headed by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania and in collaboration with the University of Auckland and the University of the Sunshine Coast, the partnership with the Research Hub will provide alternate solutions for lobster culture in bio-secure and cost-effective onshore systems, with the outcomes aiming to position Australia at the forefront of onshore lobster aquaculture.
World’s first discovery
The discovery of how to successfully breed and grow tropical rock lobsters is world changing. It brings commercially viable lobster farming closer to reality and helps ensure sustainability of lobsters for generations to come.
Our secret to successfully breeding and growing tropical lobsters is the specially designed methods and equipment that supports the lobster at each stage of the complex life cycle. A system that is finely tuned for success.
The University of Tasmania has estimated that commercial production of tropical rock lobster in the hatchery can be done within 120 days. Grow out to market size will take a total of two years making this species commercially viable. Ornatas and the University will test this together.
A reliable, large-scale supply of lobster juveniles supports the establishment of new commercial aquaculture ventures and sustainable food production systems. In existing markets, such as South-East Asian markets, the supply will relieve wild fisheries and create a more sustainable lobster industry. We are bulding new land-based industries in remote regions in northern Australia. The main goals of Ornatas Lobster Hatchery and ongoing work with our research partners:
- To build a sustainable onshore lobster aquaculture industry focused on commercial, sustainable and socially responsible lobster production from hatchery to market.
- To investigate novel systems engineering, specialised feed manufacture, determination and modification of seedstock quality, new frontiers in seedstock transport, all within an informed environmental and marketing framework.
- To provide alternate solutions for lobster culture in bio-secure and cost effecitve onshore systems. Adult Spiny Lobster