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Australia launches $5 million lobster aquaculture initiative

A new Research Hub based at the University of Tasmania aims to establish “the world’s first sustainable onshore lobster aquaculture industry”, focused on commercial, sustainable and socially responsible lobster production from hatchery to market.

Australian Research Council (ARC) CEO, Professor Sue Thomas, has welcomed the launch of the ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture, which was officially opened this month at the University of Tasmania. The hub is due to receive $5 million in funding from the ARC over five years in a bid to position Australia as a world leader in sustainable onshore systems for lobster aquaculture.

A spiny lobster

Professor Thomas said the hub will engage Australia's best researchers to collaborate with industry on finding solutions to the challenges facing the industrial economies and training the future workforce for these industries.

“ARC Research Hubs play an important role in creating a place where researchers can engage in cutting-edge research that aim to transform Australia’s economic, commercial and social development for the benefit of all Australians,” said Professor Thomas in a press release.

“The ARC Research Hub for sustainable onshore lobster aquaculture will investigate new industry practices and provide alternate solutions for lobster culture in bio-secure and cost-effective onshore systems.”

The hub will collaborate with University of the Sunshine Coast, the University of Auckland, the PFG Group and Orna-Tas Pty Ltd.