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Redclaw Booming Demand

The industry has had its ups and downs but now an estimated 30 Queensland redclaw crayfish growers cannot keep up with growing Australian and international demand for the freshwater aquaculture species that is raised in netted ponds to keep out predators.

“They’ve become really popular. As seafood gets harder to get they’ve become a consistent live animal that people know is fresh and clean.”

A lot of people are interested in redclaw now. The industry has matured greatly from when first entered it. The demand is Chinese-driven and Chinese seafood wholesaler wants one tonne a month. When you compare that if one only producing five tonne a year that’s a pretty enormous demand.

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