A lobster aquaculture

centre of excellence

We are proposing to build a pilot-scale tropical rock lobster hatchery in Taroona, Tasmania. 

Development is planned over the next three years. When the Tasmanian hatchery is operational, the juvenile lobsters (less than 0.2 grams each in weight) will be transported to our onshore grow-out facility in Townsville, Queensland.

The site for the proposed hatchery is located at 31 Nubeena Crescent, Taroona. We chose this site, co-located with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, to allow access to key expertise and existing infrastructure critical to proving commercial viability of the spiny lobster breeding technology.

The development application for our Taroona hatchery has now been lodged with the Kingborough City Council, the full application will be available on their website when it is processed. Further information about the development application process can be found here: https://www.kingborough.tas.gov.au/development/.

We have prepared a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document to ensure that local Tasmanians and community members are informed about what is being proposed. Please download it here.

Development Application

When the development application is processed, the full application will be available on the Kingborough Council website and a link will be provided on this page.

Ornatas Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions and information about the proposed pilot-scale tropical rock lobster hatchery development in Taroona, Tasmania.

Hatchery development news

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Our People

Ornatas is lead by a team dedicated to a sustainable future for seafood, with a shared ambition to create opportunities in global communities, and respect for our environment. Collectively the team and board provides a wealth of enthusiasm and experience in science and innovation, a deep knowledge and understanding of the ocean environment and aquaculture systems, as well as financial, strategic and creative thinking to drive the company.


Scott Parkinson, CEO

Scott is passionate about science and the sea, he has worked in Australian aquaculture for 30 years, in senior positions across research and development, commercial operations and sales.  Scott has built greenfield facilities and redeveloped many land based aquaculture facilities through-out Australia.  He was instrumental in the recovery of the Tasmanian oyster industry from POMs in 2015 and was responsible for implementing the first 3rd part biosecurity audit of any shellfish facility within Australia.

The Ornatas Board

Martin Rees, Executive Director

Until 2015, Martin was a partner in KPMG Tasmania for 25 years specialising in corporate finance and commercialisation of new technologies.  He was responsible for the establishment of In-tellinc, a Hobart based IT incubator/seed investor which over the past 15 years has invested in over 40 start-up companies generating a number of national and global successes.  Martin has been a founding Director of a number of these ventures and brings these skills to Ornatas.  He is also a Director of Foundry Pty. Ltd., TasmaNet Pty. Ltd, St. Lukes Health Ltd and Pets Domain Ltd.  Martin and his family own and operate a vineyard and wine business in Relbia and he is currently Chair of Wine Tasmania.

Brian Kohl, Director

Brian is the shareholder representative on the Board.  He is a born and bred Tasmanian with a long history in community and environmental areas of work.  He has an Economics degree from the University of Tasmania, and has worked in all levels of Government before moving to private industry.  He is currently a shareholder and Director of a number of Tasmanian companies and spends much of his time sailing throughout the South East Asian region. Brian’s professional career has included roles of Senior Economic Advisor to both the Labour and Greens parties.  Brian is currently the Director and CFO of one of Tasmania’s largest private equity hedge funds.

Peta Sugden, Director

Peta holds a senior role in the Tasmanian State Service where her primary focus is to enable investment into Tasmania through investment matching. Peta’s State Government Experience includes investment attraction and facilitation and food and agri-business development.  Peta has also held Ministerial Office roles including as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff with the former Government.  Peta’s private sector experience includes senior management positions within the Tasmanian poppy industry and a global inspection where she held qualifications as a Senior Lead Auditor, specialising in quality assurance auditing in the food industry and undertook food safety training nationally and globally.