Tropical Rocklobster


Latin name: Panulirus ornatus


Common name: Lobster

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Wild Caught

Region:
QLD, Commonwealth waters

Key Facts

  • Stocks of tropical rocklobster are healthy.
  • Tropical rocklobsters are harvested by hand by divers and free-divers as well as in snares and nets on shallower reefs. These methods of fishing have negligible impacts on marine habitats and other species.

Cooking & Recipes

BBQ
STEAM
POACH
BAKE

Rocklobster is highly regarded for its firm, sweet and succulent flesh. Boil or steam whole lobsters and allow to cool before picking all of the meat from the tail and legs with the help of kitchen scissors. The meat can then be dressed and served in a salad or seafood cocktail, or tossed through pasta, risotto or egg-noodles. To serve in the shell, split lobsters lengthwise and cook shell-side down on a BBQ, in a steamer or in a hot oven. Simply top with a little butter, salt and lemon and you’re ready to serve! Leftover shells can be sautéed and turned into a delicious shellfish stock, soup or a traditional seafood stew such as a bouillabaisse or bisque, ensuring that you get the most out of your purchase.

More information

  • Commonwealth Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery (558t 2012)
  • QLD Crayfish and Rocklobster Fishery (147t 2011)

Tropical rocklobsters are caught across northern Australia. The stock status of tropical lobster is measured annually, based on assessments of the stock before the fishing season opens, and the rate lobsters are caught during fishing activity. Stocks are healthy.

Tropical rocklobsters are harvested by hand by divers and free-divers as well as in snares and nets on shallower reefs. These methods of fishing have negligible impacts on marine habitats and other species.