Southern Rock Lobsters

Also known as Rock Lobster, Red Rock Lobster or Crayfish.

Southern Rock Lobsters are distributed from northern New South Wales, south around Tasmania and across South Australia into Western Australia.

Southern Rock lobsters live in a variety of habitats on the continental shelf, in water from 1 metre to approximately 200 metres deep. The Lobsters are carnivorous and eat molluscs, small crustaceans, echinoderms and other bethic invertebrates.

Southern Rock Lobster (Jasus edwardsii), Known commonly in Tasmania as crayfish, the rock lobster lives in a variety of habitats ranging from shallow rocky inshore pools out to the continental shelf. It varies in colour from the deep reddish purple of shallow water specimens to purple and creamy yellow in deeper offshore waters.

A large female rock lobster can carry up to 400,000 eggs. These ‘berried’ females are totally protected in Tasmanian waters and must be returned to the water immediately.

Cooking Southern Rock Lobster

Rock Lobsters are highly sought after and therefore often highly priced. Rocklobster flesh is firm, with a sweet medium and rich taste; it retains its shape in most styles of cooking. Poached, baked or barbecued, grilled, steamed, or sliced for sashimi, rock-lobsters make an excellent seafood dish. However, guard against over-cooking or the meat will become tough and leathery. Information on how to humanely kill a lobster for cooking, nutritional information and delicious recipes using Rock Lobster, video on how to prepare Rock Lobsters. Southern Rock Lobsters can be supplied live or frozen whole with legally compliant through Australian Government quota's in Lobster sizes of 600-800g, 800-1kg, 1-1.5kg 1.5-2kg, 2-2.5kg, 2.5kg+. Generally, live product is available through November to May and frozen product is dependent upon demand on a "to order" basis.

Commercial Fishing

The commercial fishery for Southern Rock Lobster is based mainly in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.  The lobsters are caught in wood, cane or steel pots baited with whole fish or fish heads.  Pot shapes vary from beehive to square and rectangular.   The entrance to the pots is on the upper surface.  Pots are set in water up to 200 metres deep on suitable sea beds.  Approximately half the Southern Rock Lobster catch is exported, mainly to Japan, Taiwan and the United States of America. Lobster Fishery statistics, data and information, buyers and sellers of Rock Lobsters listed.

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In Australia all suppliers and processors of Southern Lobster use standard polystyrene containers for packing and shipping. All live product is shipped by Air Freight while frozen product can be shipped by Sea Freight if time permits for your customers.

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