What is a Bay Lobster

"Bay Lobster" Thenus spp.,
a lobster species also known in Australia as Moreton Bay Bugs.


Bay Lobster is a member of the Lobster family. Nutritionally, Lobster is low in fat and is rich in omega 3 oils. Lobster is a highly regarded table food, commanding premium prices. World consumption of Lobster in 2004 was more than 230,000 tonnes. Bay Lobster is well known in East Asia but is largely unavailable due to overfishing.

Bay Lobsters are crustaceans and are bottom sand dwellers. Like other lobster species, Bay Lobsters have an appealingly textured and flavoursome tail meat.

The Bay Lobsters produced by ABLP are at least equal in quality and flavour to those caught in the wild. Since they are fed daily with a planned quantity and standard quality of feed, ABLP’s Bay Lobsters are consistently better nourished, so they have, on average, more meat than wild-caught Lobsters. The softshell product is unable to be replicated from wild stocks as it comes from ABLP’s unique ability to cultivate these animals in a controlled environment. It is regarded as a unique and premium product by the market.

A valuable by-product of the shell of Bay Lobster is “chitin” (pronounced “ky-tin”). Chitin has a range of applications in the medical, cosmetic and health food industries. The moulting process will provide ample raw material for this product.

Juvenile Bay Lobster approximately 70 days old.
Juvenile Bay Lobster approximately 70 days old.
Juvenile Bay Lobster approximately 70 days old.
Berried Females showing different egg stages
Bay Lobster Larva approximately 30 days old.
Post larval stage approximately 40 days old.
Juvenile Bay Lobster approximately 50 days old.
Juvenile Bay Lobster approximately 60 days old.
Bay Lobster in raceway tank approximately 100 days old.
Pre harvest adult Bay Lobster approximatley 400 days old.