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Australian Western Rock Lobster

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Australian Western Rock Lobster

Australian Western Rock Lobster, also known as the crayfish, is a species of spiny lobster found in the waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, specifically in the coastal waters of Western Australia. It is highly prized for its sweet, tender meat and is one of the most valuable fisheries in Australia.


The Australian western rock lobster has a hard exoskeleton and a pair of large claws. It can grow up to 60 cm in length and weigh up to 5 kg. It has a distinctive reddish-brown coloration and is covered in sharp spines to protect itself from predators. The tail is segmented and has a fan-like shape that it uses for propulsion.


Australian western rock lobsters are found in shallow waters on rocky reefs, in crevices and caves, and under ledges. They prefer cooler waters between 10-22°C and are found at depths of up to 100 meters.

Fishing and Seasonality

The western rock lobster is one of the most valuable fisheries in Australia, with most of the catch exported to China, Japan, and the United States. It is caught using traps called pots that are baited with fish heads or other bait. The fishing season for the western rock lobster in Western Australia runs from November to June, with the peak catch period between January and April.


The sweet and delicate meat of the Australian western rock lobster is highly sought after in high-end restaurants around the world. It can be boiled, grilled, barbecued, or roasted and is often served with butter, lemon, or garlic. Lobster tails are also popular in sashimi or sushi.


The western rock lobster is managed through a quota system and strict size limits to ensure sustainable fishing practices. It is also protected by marine parks and sanctuaries. The Western Australian government has implemented a range of measures to protect and maintain the stock, including restrictions on the number of traps that can be used, closed seasons, and a minimum legal size limit of 76 mm.

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