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Customer Foodie Feature: Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative, the rock lobster experts

13840511875_b3cf433cff_zOne of this year’s hero ingredients at WA’s Signature Dish, is the highly prized Western Rock Lobster from Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative who we are proud to have as a Kleenheat customer.

Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative is the world’s largest exporter of rock lobster with facilities along the coast from Kalbarri to Mandurah with main processing facilities in Fremantle and Geraldton. The Co-operative was first started by a group of Western Rock Lobster fishermen in 1950. Sourced in the pristine Indian Ocean all along the WA coast, these lobsters are a variety of the ‘spiny rock lobsters’, also commonly known as ‘crayfish’.

It is hard to imagine that these lobsters were once considered to be of low value when the Western Rock Lobster fishery first commenced in the early 1900’s. The lobster was initially canned and shipped to the US for defence personnel rations!

From these humble beginnings, the Western Rock Lobster industry is now recognised as a premium quality product that is responsibly sourced. It is recognised as Australia’s most valuable single species fishery with an export value of over $350 million per annum, and an annual catch of approximately 4,000 to 6,000 tonnes.

The lobsters that are not exported live will be cooked and snap frozen to retain freshness in their factory facilities. Commercial volumes of a valuable product like lobster need a reliable gas source to ensure quality and consistency of their cooked product. Kleenheat is proud to be able to provide the gas and service the fishery needs and depends on.

Western Australia’s western rock lobster fishery has received international acknowledgement as one of the best managed and most sustainable in the world.

13840520975_759ccdb846_zDid you know?

  • There are eight species of rock lobsters found in WA waters but the most abundant is the Western Rock Lobster.
  • A temperate species, Western Rock Lobsters are only found on the continental shelf off the coast of Western Australia, with most living in the area between Perth and Geraldton.
  • The WA rock lobster industry was the first fishery in the world to achieve the Marine Sustainability Council (MSC) accreditation
  • Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative is the only processor in Western Australia that has its own research and development department.

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Cooking with lobster

Make the most of WA’s Western Rock with these beautiful recipes and let the lobster speak for itself.

Chinese ginger-steamed lobster (Serves 2)


  • 1 raw lobster (about 750gm)
  • 1 bunch spring onions
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger


  1. Prep time 15 mins, cook 15 mins (plus chilling lobster)
  2. Halve lobster lengthways with a sharp knife. Bring a large saucepan of water, fitted with a bamboo steamer, to the boil over high heat.
  3. Remove green tops from onion and thinly slice diagonally. Place in a bowl of cold water set aside. Finely chop remaining green onion, combine in a bowl with soy sauce, cooking wine, ginger and 1 tablespoon water, and whisk to combine.
  4. Place lobsters cut-side up on the plate that fits inside the steamer, spoon over three-quarters of sauce and steam, covered until just cooked through (12-15 minutes). Scatter with onion tops and serve with rice and remaining ginger sauce to the side.

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