Lobster (Spiny)

New Zealand, Wild-caught

Spiny Lobster Whole

Spiny Lobster Whole

  • Latin name: Jasus Adwardsii
  • Other names:
  • New Zealand: Rock Lobster, Spiny Rock Lobster, Red Rock Lobster, Crayfish, (Maori: Koura)
  • USA: Southern Rock Lobster
  • Australia: Southern Rock Lobster
  • The Netherlands: Langoesten
  • France: Langouste
  • Germany: Langouste
  • Greece: Astakos
  • Italy: Aragosta
  • Japan: Ise-Ebi
  • Spain: Langosta
  • New Zealand Spiny Rock Lobster is the country’s 3rd biggest seafood export, and fetches the highest market prices of any lobster in the world. A combination of clear, cold Pacific seawater and a rich diet of crustaceans and small fish give the NZ lobster a unique texture and flavor, and hence it receives the highest bids from the most discerning buyers in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the United States.

    They are found in depths of 15-750 feet (5-250m) around the whole of New Zealand and the Chatam Islands’ coastline. The color varies depending on where they are caught but generally they are dark red/brown on the body, with brilliant orange/red legs and tail. They are a national obsession among New Zealand’s recreational divers and fishermen, and the crown jewel of any seafood gathering expedition.

    New Zealand Rock Lobster is caught commercially in baited traps, or pots, which have a set minimum mesh-size to ensure juveniles, can escape. They are brought aboard the boats live and kept in saltwater holding tanks before being exported live to their final destination. The volume of lobster which may be harvested every year is strictly regulated by the Quota Management System, which has set the TACC (Total Allowable Commercial Catch) at 2,810 tons.

    New Zealand cold water ‘Spinys’ have a very succulent and crisp texture – crispness being a favorable attribute which is absent in their tropical counterparts. And, as often is the case with seafood the colder water species have a higher Omega-3 content, which results in a richer, sweeter flavor. It truly is an incomparable lobster which should be on every seafood connoisseur’s bucket-list.

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