Ferguson Southern Rock Lobster products include; live lobster, cooked whole lobster, raw tails, raw medallions, raw sashimi-grade meat, lobster oil, and cooked hand-picked meat.
The Southern Rock Lobster (Jasus edwardsii) is wild caught from the Southern Ocean, found off the coast of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand. The species prefer to live in a variety of reef habitats ranging from shallow rock pools to the Australian Continental Shelf at 275 metres.
The Southern Rock Lobster has a superb taste and texture due to the nutrient-rich, cold, pristine waters of the Southern Ocean. The slow-growing lobster species has a sweet, delicate but firm white flesh, which makes it perfect for sashimi.
The fishery is underpinned by stringent catching and handling regulations and catch quota policy. A system of limited licenses, boats and pot numbers avoid overfishing and returns undersized lobsters to the sea. All fishing vessels are equipped with a tank with a pump that circulates sea water to keep the lobster in top condition.
Ocean to plate
The Australian Southern Rock Lobster Industry exports approximately 4,000 tonnes of product annually via air freight to many destinations around the world.
Once unloaded from the fishing vessels the live lobsters are placed into refrigerated sea-water held at 10-12°C, slowing the metabolism and prevents stress of the lobster. When exported the live lobster are packed with insulation and ice-packs into polystyrene boxes sealed with tape. When they land into their destination, the importer re-tanks the live lobster back into refrigerated saltwater.
|A: 0.45kg – 0.6kg||E-: 1.5kg – 2.0kg|
|B: 0.6kg – 0.8kg||E+: 2.0kg – 2.5kg|
|C: 0.8kg – 1.0kg||F: 2.5kg – 3.0kg|
|D: 1.0kg – 1.5kg||G: 3.0kg +|