Redclaw crayfish aquaculture

The redclaw (Cherax quadricarinatus) is a species of freshwater crayfish native to tropical Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Redclaw have a host of biological characteristics that make them a suitable species for aquaculture. They grow quickly, breed naturally in ponds and have a simple life cycle.

In Queensland, the industry is well developed and redclaw are relatively economical to produce. Production technology is simple and redclaw can be sold as live, cooked or frozen product. Queensland redclaw is recognised both domestically and internationally as a safe and healthy product.

This guide provides an overview of redclaw crayfish aquaculture in Queensland.