Lobster (Packhorse)

New Zealand, Wild-caught

Packhorse Lobster Whole

Packhorse Lobster Whole

  • Latin name: Jasus Verreauxi
  • Other names:
  • New Zealand:Packhorse Crayfish, Crayfish, Green Rock Lobster (Maori: Koura, Papatia, Pawharu)
  • USA: Packhorse Lobster, Eastern rock lobster
  • Australia: : Eastern Rock Lobster
  • Netherlands: Langosesten
  • France: Langouste
  • Germany: Langouste
  • Greece: Astakos
  • Italy: Aragosta
  • Japan: Ise-Ebi
  • Spain: Langosta
  • New Zealand Packhorse Rock lobsters are distinguished from regular Spiny lobster by their color, size, and appearance. They are typically a greenish color (which reddens on cooking) and have a somewhat prehistoric look to them, with shiny plate-armor like shells. They also grow much larger (biggest spiny lobster in the world), and due to their grand size, they command an epic presence at the center of any table or banquet.

    Packhorse lobsters are found widespread throughout New Zealand’s rocky coastal areas. They are typically fished at depths of 15-500 feet (5-150m), and are caught in traps or ‘pots’, which have escape apertures for juveniles to get out. The traps are set and left overnight then recovered the next day. The New Zealand populace is lobster-mad, with a massive following of recreational and customary (Maori) fishers, all intent on gathering this local delicacy.

    The Total Allowable Commercial Catch is strictly enforced, so each year a total of 40 tons may be taken from New Zealand waters. This is in accord with the Quota Management System (QMS) and ensures sufficient biomass is left in the water to support future harvests of this delicacy.

    Packhorse lobster share the prized ‘crispness’ that NZ red spiny lobster exhibit, and differ only in the fact that they have ‘chunkier’ (less delicate) flesh than their smaller red counterparts. Coming from cold NZ waters, and with the same rich diet they have good oil content (read: fine flavor) and are highly esteemed on the world market, with most of the catch going to Asia where demand outstrips supply many times over.

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