Overview of redclaw crayfish, Cherax quadricarinatus, farming practices in northern Australia

Curtis, Millin C., and Jones, Clive M. (1995) Overview of redclaw crayfish, Cherax quadricarinatus, farming practices in northern Australia. In: Geddes, Michael C., Fielder, Donald R., and Richardson, Alastair M.M., (eds.) Freshwater Crayfish X: Papers from the 10th International Symposium on Astacology. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, pp. 447-455.

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Abstract

Development and current status of the redclaw crayfish, Cherax quadricarinatus,farming industry in tropical and sub-tropical Australia are described. Industry development has occurred mainly adjacent to the eastern coastline close to support infrastructure, suitable water supply and within a temperature range that enables commercially acceptable growth. Area of pondage varies from 0.5 to 12 ha per farm. Australian production levels, as determined by survey, remain below 50 tonnes from approximately 90 ha for 1992/93. No more than 10 tonnes were added to this total in the two previous financial years. Stock and pond management practices vary considerably between farms and regions. Depressed marketable yields are attributed to excessive numbers of small crayfish in each crop. Implementation of management practices to overcome this include extensive use of habitat, selection of broodstock with suitable characteristics, improved nutrition, cull harvesting, supplementary aeration and (in smaller operations) manual sexing. Increased productivity and total production are anticipated as better management practices are employed. Most product is sold live to domestic markets. Increasing export of product is likely as production levels increase with coordinated marketing of quality assured product. This will be facilitated by the recent formation of a marketing company comprising the majority of active farmers as shareholders.

Item ID: 31552
Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-0-9642382-2-0
Keywords: aquaculture; redclaw; Cherax quadricarinatus; Australia; overview
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 05:40
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070401 Aquaculture @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8301 Fisheries - Aquaculture > 830101 Aquaculture Crustaceans (excl. Rock Lobster and Prawns) @ 100%
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