Welcome to ACH, The Australian Redclaw Crayfish Hatchery
ACH is the home of the world’s most advanced redclaw crayfish hatchery, producing the healthiest, strongest, fastest-growing Australian Redclaw crayfish. Cherax Quadricarinatus
Australian Crayfish Hatchery Earns Top Innovator Award at Fish 2.0 Global Forum.
Palo Alto, USA, November 2019
Australian Redclaw Crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) or simply Redclaw is he 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.
Redclaw 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.
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. 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 50,000 craylings, which is the standard number for stocking five 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.
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
ACH’s first intensive breeding unit is well on its way. All its components are currently being manufactured while we’ve been hard at work building the skeleton infrastructure to support it all, including all utilities necessary for smooth its operation
ACH's Mission statement
ACH’s mission is three-pronged:
- To secure a steady supply of healthy redclaw crayfish eggs sourced from a genetically superior brood-stock;
- To produce increasing numbers of craylings (redclaw crayfish hatchlings) to meet global demand;
- To treat all animals in our care with utmost respect by way of adhering to:
- Strict biosecure protocol;
- Antibiotic-free environment throughout the process;
- Sustainable insect/plant-based nutrition.
Meet the Team
Lynette O’Connor, Admin
Blog & News
Top Innovator Award at Fish 2.0 2019 Townsville-based Australian Crayfish Hatchery (ACH) Wins Top Innovator Award at Fish 2.0 in Palo Alto, USA, November 2019 PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 7, 2019—Entrepreneurs from all over the world showcase aquaculture, technology and supply chain solutions aimed at solving sustainable seafood challenges. Six companies from four countries received
Celebrating Xmas 2019 at ACH Xmas at ACH this year was a feast of culinary exuberance! No less than six different mouthwatering recipes with which to celebrate what we consider to be a very successful year, the limelight of which was without a doubt the Fish 2.0 Top Innovator Award ACH received in early November in Palo
Known Inefficiencies with Current Stocking Practices Stocking numbers are dependent on the numbers of berried females, which makes it difficult to predict stocking numbers.Current stocking practices are not conducive to control of genetics, which leads to inbreeding issues. There’s neither control nor accurate information on stocking density, size variations or survival rates, which respectively and