West Coast Lobster Tails


About the West Coast Lobster

image This cold water species occurs from the mouth of the Orange River on the West Coast, down to Cape Agulhas at the southern tip of Africa. Catching is by means of ring nets and short line traps at depths of between 2m to 160m in water temperatures of 9⁰c – 14⁰c. Fishing grounds extend from the inter-tidal zone to about 15km offshore. West Coast lobster was established on the American market after World War II, subsequently in Europe and during the past decade in the Far East. Vessels are generally small so as to enable the crew to operate in shallow waters and they are never at sea for more than one or two days. Once offloaded, the lobsters are kept alive in seawater tanks or placed in a cool storage area in baskets below deck. They are marketed in various forms – live, frozen whole cooked whole raw frozen and raw frozen tails. Processing plants are strategically situated at Port Nolloth and Hout Bay. Products are graded accordingly to Industry and SABS standards. In order to obtain low mortality rates, live lobster is packed in Cape Town or Hout Bay by our experienced personnel at a controlled temperature packing plant. Catches are seasonal and controlled by quotas. Plants at both Hout Bay and Cape Town are HACCP approved. The frozen product is available throughout the year and live product is available from mid-November to end-September.

West Coast Whole Lobster Tails • Kept Live to any world destination

Product and Packaging information

West Coast Rock Lobster (Jasus Lalandii) Lobster Tails:

Lobster from storage tanks are drowned, tailed, dewormed, chilled and drip dried, wrapped in clear plastic sheets, blast frozen, graded and packed in coded single cartons of 4.54kg net mass then transferred to cold storage.

Packaging: Standard packaging is 4.54kg / 10LB carton

Specifications:  Jasus Lalandii

  • Number of units packed depends on the individual lobster mass
  • Important to note is that an over-pack of 2.5% of declared mass is used for all product