Fish & Yabby Farming Field Day

As Secretary of the NSWAA I’m organising an aquaculture field day at Narrabri Fish Farm. The NSW Aquaculture Association with the support of Narrabri Fish Farm, NSW DPI Fisheries and Narrabri Shire Council is conducting an aquaculture information and field day on Saturday the 6th April 2019 at Narrabri Fish Farm. Narrabri Fish Farm is […]

Basic pond aeration

Yabbies can tolerate very low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water. That said they may survive but they will not thrive and if your water quality deteriorates enough then they may die. Commercial farmers need to ensure that oxygen levels within any given pond never deteriorate to critical levels. Commonly, yabby ponds are large, […]

Basic (cheap and easy) pond aeration


A new company has been added to the Australian Aquatic Biological group of companies. In 2017, Austsilvers was created. Its a silver perch, golden perch and freshwater mussel hatchery. New ponds were constructed and went into production last year. Freshwater mussels have a life cycle stage were they require a fish host. The broodstock silver […]

Freshwater Mussels Velesunio ambiguus

Home Made – Pump Filters for Aquaculture

If you are pumping water from dams, rivers, creeks or channels into aquaculture ponds or tanks it’s essential that you filter your water to ensure you do not pump unwanted fish or their eggs into your pond. Normal 1-2 mm mesh screens or greater are totally unacceptable. They may screen out larger fish but fish […]

Building Silver Perch Ponds

RBM Aquaculture is building a new silver perch hatchery at Port Stephens, NSW. Application to Port Stephens Council went in at the end of June. We have gone through the development application process scores of times before so this was a no-brainer for us. Port Stephens Council is a very professional council and the application […]

Constructing drainable aquaculture ponds

Drain Harvesting a Yabby Pond

Commercial semi-intensive yabby ponds are gravity drainable. This is achieved by installing 150 mm PVC sewer pipe into the pond base at time of construction. For commercial ponds construction information see “The Commercial Yabby Farmer”. Yabby ponds are easily drained by removing the stand pipe and allowing the water to flow out. In NSW the […]

Drain Harvesting

Disused yabby or fish farm wanted

Got an old yabby or fish farm with ponds in the paddock that are not being used anymore. Would you like to lease those ponds or property out to a commercial farmer? Get paid each week and do nothing, letting someone else do all the work, you just take the money, if that’s of interest […]

Old ponds

Using a Super Yabby Trap

These traps are only for use by commercial yabby farmers for commercial harvest, they are traps that are designed to catch everything and lots of everything. They are CATEGORICALLY BANNED from use in Public Waters. Super traps are approximately 14 m long. They are made up of approximately 25 separate chambers, each with its own […]

Super Yabby Tra

Preparing an Eel Trap for use

Eel traps come in two colours either black or green, it makes no difference to the eels and just depends on what is available on the day. Traps are made in China, and it’s hard to designate and ensure we only get one colour. However, the colour of the trap makes no difference to the […]

Eel trap

Perimeter Fencing a Yabby Pond

Semi-intensive commercial yabby farming produces quantities of yabbies at far higher densities than occurs naturally in the wild. Ponds are built to specifications that suit the yabbies, shelter is added and food is supplied. All this is inducive to growing large numbers of yabbies quickly. Now the yabby Cherax destructor is one of the few […]

A commercial yabby pond