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Cray tailer

Date: Pre 1990
Dimensions:
Overall: 110 x 298 mm
Medium: Metal
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from James Bowes Pty Ltd
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Cray tailer
Object No: 00009281
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    This cray tailer is used to separate the lobster tail from the carapace (shell) prior to the tail being processed for export. The rock lobster, known in the West as crayfish, is alive when this cutting takes place - this ensures the utmost freshness. The tails are either cooked and frozen for export or simply frozen raw. The main market for these tails is the USA and Japan.
    SignificanceThis cray tailer is an example of the processing tools used in the lobster industry.
    HistoryLobster fishing in Australia began in the 19th century. Until the 1940s nearly all the catch was sold locally. In 1947 the first consignment of frozen lobster tails was shipped to the United States. A spectacular period of expansion followed with lobsters becoming Australia's second most valuable fishing industry after prawns. The Japanese market prefers the lobsters whole, either live or boiled while the American market fancies the tails. There is also a substantial domestic market for this crustacean. Four of out nine species of rock lobsters are fished commercially in Australian waters. A high proportion is exported and domestic prices reflect this. Lobsters are a luxury item for the Australian table.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: SCOOPED SHAPED END WITH `L' SHAPED HANDLE, WELDED JOINS, TWO HOLES IN THE HANDLE, DEVICE OR `KNIFE' IS USED TO SEPARATE THE LOBSTER TAIL FROM THE CARAPACE PRIOR TO BEING PROCESSED FOR EXPORT

    Web title: Cray tailer

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