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Research for Development of Lobster Growout Technology in Indonesia

This project aims to expand the lobster farming industry in Indonesia, so that local communities and the country maximise the benefits abundant lobster seed affords.
This project is engaging more farmers in lobster grow-out. The availability of lobster seed has expanded significantly as a direct outcome of previous ACIAR research. The capacity of lobster fishers and farmers has increased, and the opportunity for a large industry employing significant numbers of coastal village folk is stronger than ever before.
Lobsters are a premium seafood, in great demand in China and elsewhere, for which supply is limited. Farming lobsters can provide impoverished coastal villages with a valuable and sustainable enterprise.
Grow-out of lobsters has diminished as an unexpected consequence of the increased seed catch. Coastal communities capture and sell seed-an approach that is lucrative and low risk, but diminishes the economic benefit to those communities. There is sufficient seed to support sea cage production of more than 5,000 tonnes of market size lobsters, and to provide several thousand jobs to women and men of coastal communities throughout Indonesia.
The project team will develop nursery and juvenile management techniques, formulate functional and cost-effective artificial diets, identify business models and quantitatively assess the socio-economic benefits of lobster farming.
The project addresses the priority issues of improved survival of lobster seed through the nursery phase, and increased survival and growth of lobsters through grow-out. Through close engagement with communities, the project is understanding their aspirations and the constraints to entry into the lobster farming industry.