Australian Bay Lobster Producers

Australian Bay Lobster Producers Ltd (ABLP) is dedicated to the advancement of sustainable land-based aquaculture biotechnology and progressive Australian wild catch fisheries. Operating north of Byron Bay on repurposed cane land, ABLP are committed to sustainably producing unique lobster products in an environment that provides levels of quality control, and risk management that far exceed traditional aqua-farming.

From humble beginnings as a proprietary company with a small research team and family shareholding, to a fully disclosing Australian public unlisted company. ABLP have grown significantly over 25-years, with a current shareholding comprising Australian sophisticated and employee investors, a directorship of six members, and a workforce comprising over 60 staff.

ABLP was established to globally commercialise our proprietary patented process for breeding and producing Bay Lobster Thenus Spp, a slipper lobster species known in Australia as Moreton Bay Bugs. ABLP are at the forefront of biotechnology in aquaculture, growing Bay Lobster in a climate-controlled recirculating aquaculture system (RAS). Using these controlled environments, we will sustainably farm high quality lobsters, supplying to our domestic and international markets all year round.

Control of a reliable water source is a critical component to ABLP’s operations as an absence of high volumes of fresh, clean seawater remains the limiting factor to ABLP’s current production and growth capacity. Infrastructure including a specialised sea water intake continue to be developed to achieve scalable production of our farmed Bay Lobster. The operations rearing activities require the hatching of high-quality larvae and ABLP work closely with fishers to source and maintain the healthiest brood animals across its supply chain.

Collaboration with these fishers has led to an opportunity for ABLP to source premium wild caught products to support our aquaculture endeavours. The fishers apply the same fishing and handling practices used for ABLP’s broodstock, to wild caught Bay Lobster. Using progressive fishing, handling, and packaging techniques is resulting in healthier animals, a presentable and high-quality product with versatile texture and flavours.