FRDC Rock Lobster Enhancement and Aquaculture Subprogram Project 98/305 investigated the environmental and system requirements for juvenile and adult rock lobster holding and grow-out. Results from this Project showed that adult southern rock lobster can be held long-term in industry facilities with high survival rates and that condition and weight can be improved. However, in order for a large-scale industry to develop in this area, there is a definite need for research aimed at reducing the incidence of tail fan damage in live-held adult southern rock lobster. Tail fan damage has also been identified by the Geraldton Fishermens Co-operative as a problem with live-held western rock lobster prior to live export.
An earlier project on liveholding of adult southern rock lobster, RLEAS 98/305, demonstrated that adult SRL could survive, feed, moult and grow when held in sea cages or raceways and fed an artificial diet developed in RLEAS 98/303
Budget expenditure: $87,292.00
Principal Investigator: Mike C. Geddes
Organisation: University of Adelaide
Project start/end date: 17 Dec 2000 - 13 Jan 2006
Southern Rock Lobster
1. Investigate potential causes of tail fan damage in live-held adult southern rock lobster.