Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture
Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture


Latest news from the Research Hub

Do you know the differences between rock lobster species?

You may be surprised to know that our Tasmania-based Research Hub works with tropical lobster species and not temperate (colder water/Southern) species. Here, we sit down with Senior Technical Officers, Molly Stokes and Larnie Linton to learn some fascinating facts about three different lobster species and why tropicals are best suited for onshore aquaculture. Tasmania […]

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Establishing sustainable onshore lobster aquaculture from hatchery to market

This new research hub in Tasmania is set to deliver transformational change to the lobster aquaculture industry, with its focus on developing commercial, sustainable and socially acceptable lobster production – from hatchery to market. Headquartered at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture was established […]

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Moreton Bay Bugs on the aquaculture taste-test menu

Aquaculture researchers, foodies, and growers of Tropical Rock Lobster and Moreton Bay Bugs took part in a blind taste test in Hobart yesterday, to understand the differences between aquaculture-grown Moreton Bay Bugs and those caught in the wild.

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Ornatas's Toomulla Beach Aquaculture Facility in the Spotlight

Last month, Ornatas were pleased to host a visit from several of Queensland’s state government departments at our Toomulla Beach Aquaculture Facility. On the 15th of September representatives from Queensland’s Department for Parks and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Queensland Rail […]

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DA lodged for world’s first lobster hatchery

A development application was lodged today with Kingborough Council for construction of the world’s first rock lobster hatchery at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Taroona research laboratory site. The application was made by Ornatas Pty Ltd, a Tasmanian company that the University of Tasmania is partnering with to commercialise world-leading research that will for […]

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Funding to support next phase in lobster aquaculture research

The University of Tasmania has welcomed new Australian Government funding which will support world-leading IMAS research into lobster aquaculture. Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Senator Jonathon Duniam (pictured below, right) announced the research will receive funding of $5 million over the next five years through the Australian Research Council to will support the establishment of the […]

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Visit by Tasmania's Governor

Her Excellency the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor Of Tasmania and Mr Warner toured the ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems. The cutting edge research into the sustainable production of tropical rock lobsters will support the establishment of the world’s first commercial hatchery.

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Tasmanian STEM Innovation of the Year award

Congratulations to the inspiring winners of this year’s Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards. The third annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) awards celebrate and recognise leaders and their achievements across these core fields of study and research. Not only is today a chance to recognise the contribution these leaders make to the community, it also […]

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Lobster research wins national commercialisation awards

World-leading IMAS research paving the way for the development of a lobster aquaculture industry in Tasmania has attracted more accolades for the University of Tasmania. Based at IMAS Taroona, researchers at the ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems developed a unique process that allows tropical rock lobsters to be bred on a […]

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Research paves way for Moreton Bay Bug aquaculture in Tasmania

The IMAS researchers who developed a world-first method to breed rock lobsters commercially have now paved the way for a Moreton Bay Bug aquaculture industry in Tasmania. Based at IMAS’s Taroona laboratories, the ARC Research Hub for Commercial Development of Rock Lobster Culture Systems began researching hatchery techniques for the Bay Lobster, Thenus oriental, better known as Moreton […]

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The ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Research Program. 

For more information about the Research Hub please contact us at or phone +61 3 6226 8268.
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