The Red Claw crayfish is a new and very promising aquaculture species. This book
is one of the few sources for complete information on all aspects of the culture of
this lobster-sized freshwater crayfish. Compiled from leading-edge research direct
from Australia as well as individual findings all over the U.S., this book dispels
the hype and furnishes the facts about this little known but highly prized aquaculture
species. Fish farmers have managed to become major players in this bottomless market
in only a couple of years. Small scale family run operations are harvesting short
lobsters in less than a year and the start-up costs are low, the reproduction rate is
high and the profit is great!
From Fish Farming International-
"The production of freshwater crayfish native to Australia, especially in closed systems,
makes for ideal local development projects in rural communities", says Dr. Theo Ratte,
an expeienced international fisheries and aquaculture scientist.
"Closed systems, with all the benefits they offer, can be relatively easily and
inexpensively established and managed. Some benefits include safety from predators,
controlled feed intake, controlled environmental factors-(turbidity, temperature,
waste management) all of which produce maximum growth rate, highly efficient
reproduction rates, and the highest possible weight at harvest. Simple selective
breeding can increase the size and disease resistance of successive generations,
as in the now famous 'Super Shrimp' of Mexico".
The redclaw is a valued aquarium species with their exotic coloration. They are not
aggressive, and they reproduce rapidly and easily.
Why red claw crayfish?
The redclaw crayfish species possess qualities which make it particularly well suited
for intensive aquaculture. Redclaw reproduce rapidly and grow to market size in less
than a year. The meat is arguably more healthy than traditional seafood products as it
is low in fat, cholesterol and salt. The species is economical to produce, is
lobster-like in appearance and compares favorably in both flavor and quality with
other marine crustaceans. Redclaw are often described as having a similar flesh texture
and flavor to that of a lobster. Local demand for redclaw is strong with as little as
4% being exported. Significant export potential has been identified for future
The redclaw reproduces rapidly and easily for commercial hatcheries or farming.
Each female can produce from 500 to1400 young each breeding cycle, depending on her size.
Breeding takes place year round with proper water temperature, quality and simple
There are plenty of esablished redclaw hatcheries and farmers offering stock and
supplies for redclaw and other crayfish stock.
We have a list of suppliers at this page--Redclaw and Crayfish
Suppliers.   This page is set up to be 'printer-friendly', you can easily print
this page on a single sheet, or simply view it. Just click the blue lettering link.
Here is a young Red Claw breeder. You can see the color & size of the crawfish,
and the large number of eggs. From Stick-Fins Fish Farm, Florida.
From 'SMALL FARM TODAY' by Ron Macher, editor:
"Both of these booklets ('Small Scale Crayfish Farming' and 'Red Claw! Raising the
Giant Australian Freshwater Crayfish') offer inexpensive, detailed information on the
possibilities of raising crayfish for food and profit on a small acreage.
There are not many crayfish reference books, and these two small books pack all the
information you will need into a tiny price."