Lobsters

Southern Rock Lobster in Robe

Lobster season starts 1st Oct - 31st May

Lobster is available in most restraurants in ROBE (May have to book).

 

Species

The Southern Rock Lobster (jasus edwardsii) found off the coast of South Australia is considered THE lobster by true lovers of the delicacy. Larger than the Western Rock Lobster found off Western Australia, it has superb taste and texture.

In China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, the Southern Rock Lobster is first choice. Its size and bright red colour when cooked makes it a perfect centrepiece for a banquet.

Live exports

Lobsters are arguably the world's best-known seafood, and demand for clean, safe seafood of all kinds is growing worldwide.

South Australian lobsters are air-freighted live to many parts of Asia, arriving less than 30 hours after they leave the processing factories.

Fishing vessels are equipped with either a wet well or a tank with a pump that circulates sea water to keep lobsters in top condition from the time they are caught until they are sold at port.

Once on land they are immediately transported to port-based processors, where they are placed in water refrigerated at 10-12 deg. C, which slows the metabolism and prevents damage.

Just prior to export, the water temperature is further lowered to 5-7 deg. C. The lobsters are then packed with insulation into polystyrene boxes sealed with tape. Packing is timed to allow road transport to Melbourne or Adelaide airports for immediate loading on to Asia-bound aircraft.

While China, Taiwan and Hong Kong are the main buyers of Southern Rock Lobster, the industry is working to increase European markets, which have considerable potential.