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Beehive shaped craypot

Date: c 1970
Dimensions:
Overall: 217 x 730 x 693 mm, 15.6 kg
Medium: Steel
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from C W Dunn
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Craypot
Object No: 00005988
Place Manufactured:Ulladulla

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    Description
    This beehive shaped craypot was made for use in the waters off Ulladulla in New South Wales. There is a regional difference around Australia in pot design with eastern and southern lobsters apparently preferring this type of pot over any other.
    SignificanceThis craypot is an example of the types of equipment used in the Lobster (Cray) Fishing 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.

    Fish heads and other animal remains are used as bait to lure lobsters into pots and traps. These have narrow tapered entrances from which escape is difficult. The traps are left for up to two days before being retrieved. Regulations protect the industry from overfishing. These restrictions include limits on the size and number of the pots, and specifications for an escape gap which lets undersize lobsters get out of the pot.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Beehive shaped craypot

    Assigned title: Beehive shaped craypot with cane neck

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