Welcome to ACH
The Australian Redclaw Crayfish Hatchery
ACH is the home of the world’s most advanced redclaw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) hatchery, producing the healthiest, antibiotic-free, specific pathogen free (spf), fastest-growing Australian redclaw crayfish craylings.
What are Australian
The Australian Redclaw Crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) or simply Redclaw is the crayfish species produced at ACH.
Redclaw crayfish are 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, 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.
Australian Redclaw Crayfish have a host of biological characteristics that make them a suitable species for aquaculture. They grow quickly, grow large and have simple dietary needs.
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.
What sets our
Eggs are sourced from selectively bred redclaw for superior growth and disease resistance and hatched at ACH’s state-of-the-art hatchery facility.
ANTIBIOTIC FREE CRAYLINGS
Australian Crayfish Hatchery (ACH) do not use antibiotics to treat eggs, making our craylings the safest and healthiest for human consumption
SAME AGE/SIZE BATCHES
ACH craylings are supplied in batches of the same age/size, thus significantly reducing size variations at harvest.
Water quality, health and disease management are carefully monitored and controlled onsite in a specialised, purpose built, customized biosecure laboratory.
SPECIFIC PATHOGEN-FREE CRAYLINGS
ACH craylings are cultured in a pathogen-free, state-of-the-art hatchery facility—the first of its kind in the world
BATCH-IN, BATCH-OUT STOCKING METHOD
ACH supplies craylings in batches suitable for stocking individual ponds, thus eliminating many of the costs associated with current stocking methods.
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.
Crayling Production is ACH’s Core Expertise
The Townsville-based Australian Crayfish Hatchery (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 metre 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 accommodate your requirements.
By law, the sale of craylings is limited to permit holders only.
Grow-out farmers holding a current license are welcome to contact us directly for ordering
We advise all other applicants to approach their respective council for a relevant permit.
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
We’ve been popping the cork last week: ACH’s first intensive breeding unit is up and running. All its components have been installed and all drawers have been populated with healthy local redclaw. We’re now moving quickly to erect the remaining units and hope to complete the lot within the next three months. Stay tuned for the latest news on our blog.
The ACH Vision
To put Australian Freshwater Crayfish on plates around the world.
The ACH Mission
Australian Crayfish Hatchery is dedicated to the highest quality of crayfish seedstock produced by science-based innovative technologies and sustainable aquaculture practices.
ACH’s Converging Innovative Technologies
1. SOTA DISEASE MANAGEMENT LAB
Proprietary bacteriophage disease management
Specific Pathogen-free craylings
2. 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
3. NOVEL RAS TECHNOLOGY
Low water use; low emission; environmentally sustainable.
4. 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
5. ENTOMIX—PROPRIETARY FISHMEAL FREE NUTRITION
Insect-based, customised nutritional profiles for craylings and broodstock crayfish
Cross-species applicability for both freshwater and marine species
MEET THE TEAM
Dr Lisa Elliott
Founder, Managing Director
21 Everett St, Mount St John QLD 4818
Tel: (07) 4774 3431
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday