Welcome to ACH, The Australian Redclaw Crayfish Hatchery
ACH is the home of the world’s most advanced redclaw crayfish hatchery, producing the healthiest, antibiotic-free, specific pathogen free (SPF), fastest-growing Australian Redclaw crayfish (Cherax Quadricarinatus) craylings.
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Australian Redclaw Crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) or simply Redclaw is the crayfish species we hatch at ACH.
The Australian Redclaw crayfish is native to freshwater streams and lakes of Northern Queensland and the Northern Territory of Australia. A highly fertile and very tolerant of a broad range of environmental conditions and changes, The redclaw is also known to have a simple reproductive cycle and fast growth rates. As such, it has became a highly-popular aquaculture for commercial farming.
the Australian Redclaw Crayfish have a host of biological characteristics that make them a suitable species for aquaculture. They grow quickly, breed naturally in ponds and have a simple life cycle.
In Queensland, the industry is well developed and redclaw are relatively economical to produce. Production technology is simple and redclaw can be sold as live, cooked or frozen product. Queensland redclaw is recognised both domestically and internationally as a safe and healthy product.
ACH's Core Values and Mission
Our journey is one of purpose and intent. At the very core, we value:
- Research excellence, continuously challenging the status quo and encouraging innovation;
- Integrity and transparency with staff, customers and suppliers;
- Respectful treatment of animals in our care; and,
- Mindful attitude to environmental sustainability in its broadest term possible.
ACH’s overriding mission is to help—through continuous innovation—the Redclaw Crayfish industry reach its full potential and take the rightful place it deserves on both the local and global scenes.
Helping Redclaw Growout Farmers Achieve Better Results
By solving the redclaw industry main stumbling blocks, namely steady and sufficient supply of healthy eggs and craylings, ACH is now helping growout farmers in Australia and overseas to reduce known inefficiencies that plagued the industry for too long.
With ACH antibiotic free/speficic pathegen free (SPF) craylings delivered in batches of known size and age, using the Batch in – Batch out (BiBo) stocking method, growout farmers can now plan better, reduce labour and unnecessary cost, and improve profitability and customer satisfaction down the supply chain.
The Australian Crayfish Hatchery is not only the world’s first hatchery, specifically established to solve industry-wide hatching losses, it is also the most advanced of its kind.
Its highly-trained staff, led by Dr Lisa Elliott PhD, regularly deploys the latest disease monitoring and management techniques, resulting in proven significant decrease in mortality rates, increased survival rates, and overall healthier, antibiotic- free and and specific pathogen-free redclaw crayfish for the benefit of all stakeholders down the supply chain, be they growers, restaurateurs and consumers.
We Hatch Craylings
What’s a Crayling?
A crayling is short for a crayfish hatchling. The Australian Redclaw crayfish undergo several larval stages after hatching before reaching a stage that resembles a tiny crayfish. This is the first juvenile stage of the crayfish and is termed the crayling stage (previously termed S3J). Each crayling is approximately 0.02g and 10mm.
ACH has been selling disease-free premium craylings to both local farmers in Australia and international buyers since 2016.
What Sets Our Hatchery Apart?
Crayling Production is ACH's Core Expertise
The Townsville-based Australian Crayfish Hatchery, in short ACH, sets a world standard in Redclaw crayling production, covering all aspects involved in the hatching process, including sourcing, selection, diagnostics, disease management, feeding, larvae rearing, storage and shipping to customers nationwide and globally.
All craylings leaving ACH’s premises to grow-out farmers are healthy, disease-free, antibiotic-free, and overall more resilient than any known craylings out there.
Why Purchase Craylings from ACH?
We’ve been selling craylings both to local and overseas farmers since 2016. Over and beyond all the advantages featured in ACH’s lab, here’s why you should seriously consider switching to ACH’s ‘Batch-in, Batch-out’ (BIBO), same age, same size, disease-free premium craylings, with which to stock your ponds
- Optimize your resources;
- Improve your productivity;
- Plan reliably for growth;
- Improve your profitability.
Ordering ACH's Premium Craylings
Minimum orders: We sell in batches of 10,000 craylings, which is the standard number for stocking one 20 x 50 metres pond. As a rule, we request all buyers to place written orders at least four (4) weeks prior to their requested delivery as craylings are typically ‘cultured to order’.
Volume Discount Pricing: Typically, large orders (e.g. in excess of 100,000 craylings) will qualify for volume discount. Note that fully-paid advanced orders (i.e. 6 to 12 months in advance) will qualify for volume discount. Contact us for details. We’ll do our best to accomodate your requirements.
By law, the sale of craylings is limited to permit holders only. Grow-out farmers holding a current license are welcome to order using the ordering form below. We advise all other applicants to approach their respective council for a relevant permit.
The Future is Bright and it's Vertical
Born Out of Necessity
ACH’s planned breeding facility is moving away from traditional breeding practices into the future, a vertical future that is. Like our state-of-the-art lab and hatchery, our intensive breeding facility will be a world-first, wholly dedicated—albeit initially—to the Australian redclaw crayfish.
Indeed, the Future is Bright
By going vertical, we aim at unlocking the industry’s most acute stumbling block—namely a steady supply of eggs—and produce large numbers of quality eggs selected from superior genetics all year around, fully monitored for climatic and seasonal factors, all under one roof.
The Future is Now—Intensive Breeding Unit Stage 1 Completed
For the past two years ACH has been investigating and developing a world first intensive breeding program for redclaw crayfish using vertical farming technologies. Today we are proud to say the team has established proven breeding technologies enabling year-round production of eggs and craylings.
Redclaw from six geographically diverse areas were sourced to establish the foundation of our selective breeding program. The first and second-generation strains produced at ACH have shown considerable variations in growth rate enabling the ACH team to select those strains with the highest growth for further investigations in our selective breeding program. ACH is now producing commercial numbers of craylings with superior growth rates and full traceability from paternity to crayling.
Feedback from production farms has also shown considerable increases in growth rates using ACH strains compared to others.
ACH’s Converging Innovative Technologies
- SOTA DISEASE MANAGEMENT LAB
- Proprietary bacteriophage disease treatment
- Antibiotic-free craylings
- Specific Pathogen-free craylings
- SOTA FRESHWATER CRAYFISH HATCHERY
- Innovative larval rearing process (registered patent)
- Advanced Incubation technology
- Batch in / Batch out production strategy
- Record annual capacity within a footprint of less than 100 square metres.
- Cross-species applicability for freshwater crayfish
- NOVEL RAS TECHNOLOGY
- Low water use; low emission; environmentally sustainable.
- VERTICAL BREEDING FACILITY
- World-first climate-controlled modular facility for redclaw
- Scalable and replicable anywhere
- Onsite Intensive and selective broodstock program
- Full traceability from egg to farm
- ENTOMIX—PROPRIETARY FISHMEAL FREE NUTRITION
- Insect-based, customised nutritional profiles for craylings and broodstock crayfish
- Cross-species applicability for both freshwater and marine species