EASTERN ROCK LOBSTER (Formerly ‘crayfish’) AT SEAL ROCKS

December 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

A nest of giant rock lobster was found by Vic Ley and Ron Taylor in 1963 at Seal Rocks.  http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

A nest of giant rock lobster was found by Vic Ley and Ron Taylor in 1963 at Seal Rocks. http://fathomag.blogspot.com.au

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A cover of "International Seafood" years ago.

A cover shot of “International Seafood” years ago.

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nice sized lobster(Above) ‘Eastern Rock lobster in natural habitat’, picture by JH Harding (Public domain – free use with credit given to source).

Lobster trap bait. Mullet are drying after being heavily salted. Originally these racks were on the road at Boat Beach.  The aroma obviously required a change of location after visitor numbers to the village began increasing the the late 1970sLobster trap bait. Blackfish (luderick) sun drying after being heavily salted. Originally these racks were on the road at Boat Beach. The aroma obviously required a change of location after visitor numbers to the village began increasing the the late 1970s

 Luderick are often netted in large quantities - which then devalues them at the fish market, so they become lobster biat when salted and dried.

Luderick are often netted in large quantities – which then devalues them at the fish market, so they become lobster biat when salted and dried.

Rock lobster of this size are not permitted to be taken because they are breeding stock.  It took decades for the fisheries department to figure out what professionals always knew was correct, but the theory had to be proven on paper.   Scientists have been reluctant to converse with fishermen in the past  but that shortcoming has improved with a better media.

lobsters at the rocks

Cooking the catch in the era before plastic tags were required on each lobster.Cooking the catch in the era before plastic tags were required on each lobster, pro fisherman Joesph Bloe cooks his catch in the era before tags were law to limit poaching of the catch. Eastern Rock Lobster is the variety common to New South Wales waters. My opinion is they are more tasty than Victorian or Queensland lobsters. The best and also the less in number being caught.

We knew them as ‘crayfish’ in the 1960s.

(Above ‘cooking lobsters’  picture is hereby now in the ‘free-use public domain’ world wide providing credit is given to the source).

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Large lobster cannot be sold or taken. Often these are kept as 'callers' (live prisioners) in the hope, belief, strategy they will attract smaller and legal sized companions into the same trap.  These lobsters were being kept until the next season, in deep water.  The plan failed when the marker buoy line broke and the entire trap and these contents was lost.

Large lobster cannot be sold or taken. Often these are kept as ‘callers’ (live prisoners)  in the hope, belief, strategy they will attract smaller and legal-sized companions into the same trap. These lobsters  (pictured under a boat offshore)were being kept until the next season,  with food and in deep water. The plan failed disastrously weeks later when the buoy line came adrift or was cut by a passing ship and the entire trap and these contents lost. (Details by Brian Davies RIP).

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