NSW Aquaculture Association Inc.

Serving the Aquaculture Industry Since 1994

Freshwater Crayfish of NSW Across Australia there are numerous different species of freshwater crayfish, at this stage the number is around 137 different species that are described. In NSW we have approximately 41 species at this stage but new species are being discovered all the time. In Australia we have 10 different genera of freshwater crayfish and 5 of these are represented in NSW. For a list of all the different species go to http://www.aabio.com.au/lists.html

For a guide to all the different crayfish species in NSW you can purchase “The Freshwater Crayfish of NSW Australia” this full colour book gives you colour photos of all the species in NSW. To purchase online go direct to a members website www.rbmaqua.com.au

The most common and well known freshwater crayfish species is the Yabby Cherax destructor. This is the species that is the subject of a large aquaculture industry and aquarium pet industry in NSW. For information on Commercial Yabby Farming or Keeping Pet Yabbies go to http://www.aabio.com.au/products-page/

The next most common species are the Giant Spiny Crayfish. The Murray Lobsters Euastacus armatus and The Giant Spiny Crayfish Euastacus spinifer are some of the more common and well known species that are large and very spiny growing to over 1 kilogram in size. For information on these species check out Australian Aquatic Biological Pty Ltd www.aabio.com.au

The three most common freshwater crayfish species under culture in Australia are; The Yabby – Cherax destructor. The Redclaw – Cherax quadricarinatus. The Western Australian Marron- Cherax cainii. Though all these species can be cultured in NSW the one that is most suitable and most commonly aquacultured is The Yabby (Cherax destructor).

Cherax destructor
The Yabby Cherax destructor

These are the main  crayfish species cultured in NSW by the majority of our members. They are grown as food for restaurants, animal food, dam stock, bait and aquarium pets, etc. If you need yabbies for any reason try these members;

Aquablue Seafoods Pindimar NSW 2324 Neil Meyrick “yabbies available” www.aquablueseafoods.com.au

Mudgee Yabbies and Fish bait yabbies” “dam stockers” “eating yabbies” Marg & Peter Burns Phone: 02 63732236 Email: margaret@ipstarmail.com.au

12 Mile Creek Aqua Farm Pacific Highway, Karuah NSW. Yabbies for sale!  bait, farm stock and restaurant grades available phone Nigel 0405 439 259 Email: amhtouristark@bigpond.com

Otway Yabbies Steve Chara 240-250 Portreath Road, Bellbrae Vic. Email: yabbies@charas.com.au

Euastacus armatus

The Murray Lobster Euastacus armatus.

This is a giant spiny crayfish that grows to several kilograms in size and is aquaculture by one of our members for the aquarium trade. If you want a giant spiny crayfish as a pet contact Steve Chara (Otway Yabbies)  yabbies@charas.com.au

If you would like to find out about the giant spiny crayfish (Euastacus) that are found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and into the south eastern corner of South Australia. Then the book “A guide to Australia’s Spiny Freshwater Crayfish” is available at: Australian Aquatic Biological.

The Spiny Freshwater Crayfish of Australia

Book – The Spiny Freshwater Crayfish of Australia