Lobster Breeding Programme Looks Hopeful

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
21 December 2007, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - There are hopes a scientific quest to farm the highly prized rock lobster could be realised within 10 years.

The Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute has spent the past decade working on techniques to breed rock lobsters in captivity.

The Institute is now successfully breeding more than 100 juveniles a year thanks to improved diet and water treatment techniques.

But tens of thousands of captive bred rock lobsters would be needed to move from a research phase to commercial production

A senior research scientist at the Institute, Arthur Ritar says the next step is a commercial trial.

"We haven't produced large numbers and we're not really geared towards that - we're a research facility, not a production facility," he said.

Source: ABCNews