Yabby Farming Field Day – Karuah NSW – “Yabby Dabba Doo” Yabby Farm – 8th August 2015

A Yabby Dabba Doo/CSIRO Super Yabby
A Yabby Dabba Doo/CSIRO Super Yabby

NSW Aquaculture Association in partnership with “Yabby Dabba Doo” Yabby Farm and Aquatic Engineering Australia is holding a yabby farming field day on Saturday the 8th August, 2015. Everyone is invited to share in this education and information day.

The days theme, is the commercial aquaculture of yabbies (Cherax destructor) in purpose built earthen yabby ponds. Join us around the ponds to see how they are constructed to suit the yabbies requirements for maximum production. These are not farm dams but commercial yabby ponds. See how to construct commercial earthen ponds, control their overflows and make the ponds gravity drainable at minimal cost.

Cooked, "Yabby Dabba Doo" Yabbies
Cooked, “Yabby Dabba Doo” Yabbies

Once yabbies are captured they need to be held ready for sale. You need somewhere to store yabbies for a week or two ready for sale and be able to purge the yabbies on demand. See a simple commercial purging recirculating aquaculture system in operation; see how it’s constructed and how you can build yours at home. Discuss the pros and cons of this basic construction with Paul Van der Werf, one of Australia’s leading experts on recirculating aquaculture systems.

Commercial Yabby Ponds
Commercial Yabby Ponds

When you start growing commercial quantities of yabbies at densities far greater than that which occurs naturally in nature then perimeter fencing of your ponds becomes an important priority. Commercial yabby ponds need external perimeter fencing to ensure yabbies don’t wander from the ponds and to keep predators like turtles and eels from getting into the ponds. Join us to see the fencing and discuss the options and requirements.

One of the major predators of yabbies are birds. The main culprits are cormorants or shags which can devastate commercial yabby ponds. The easiest remedy is to net your ponds. Join us on the day around the ponds to see the bird netting erected over the ponds. See how it’s erected, and discuss alternatives with the experts.

First thing in the morning we will be setting traps in the ponds. We will be using a variety of traps from those used by recreational fishers to the special traps only used by commercial farmers. The traps will range in size from the small box traps for catching small bait yabbies to the large super traps for catching bulk loads of 20-50 kgs/trap. Later in the day we will harvest the yabbies from the traps. See how it’s done and what you can catch in the different traps.

A commercial pond with bird netting over and hides within the pond
A commercial pond with bird netting over and hides within the pond

For commercially viable yabby production you need to add shelter to the ponds. Yabbies only use the floor of the pond which limits the number of yabbies which can physically survive in the pond. If you add shelter to the pond you can double, triple or quadruple the production from that pond. Join us to see the types of shelters used and how they are set for easy removal from the ponds and additionally used for juvenile harvesting etc.

Small Bait Yabbies
Small Bait Yabbies

A clean reliable water supply is an essential requirement for any commercial aquaculture facility. Aquatic Engineering Australia will be demonstrating their “Ultra Filtration Mobile Unit”. Join us to see the unit in operation with demonstration of its sediment removal capability. See how this demonstration unit can turn turbid dam water into clear, clean water.

Our Aquaculture Policy Officer from Fisheries NSW will be there to discuss the government requirements in getting started. Find out all you need to know and it’s a great opportunity make contact with the man you will need to lodge your application with.

Once you have grown and harvested your crop of yabbies, you will need to sell it. See the different size yabbies the different markets require. Discuss the markets for each size and grade of yabby, and the current market prices for your produce. Learn where you can sell yabbies and what you can expect in return for your produce.

This is a great opportunity to meet with some of Australia’s leading industry experts. All are there to answer all your questions. (Industry consultants can charge $100-200/hr for consultancy; you have them there at no extra charge so make good use of them).

There will be drinks and a sausage sizzle or similar after the event so another opportunity to stay back and network.

Key speakers include:

Jamie Williams, Owner of “Yabby Dabba Doo” Yabby Farm and “Marron-U-Wanna” Marron & Koi Farm in WA.

Rob McCormack, Research & Aquaculture Director, Australian Aquatic Biological P/L and Secretary NSWAA.

Paul Van der Werf, Director, Earthan Group and President NSWAA.

Graeme Bowley, Aquaculture Policy Officer, Fisheries NSW.

Chris Young, Aquatic Engineering Australia (AEA)

Tickets are available now, only limited attendees so order now before sold out.

Members $35

Members Partners $15

Non Members $50

Non Members Partners $25

Plus a $1 fee/ticket

Pre registration is essential.

Bring your gum boots and umbrella if its wet.

To Purchase Event Tickets “Click Here”

To download and Event Program “Click Here”

As secretary of the NSWAA  l’ll be running a Yabby Farming information and education day at “Yabby Dabba Doo“, hope to see you all there.



Recirculating Aquaculture and Aquaponics Short Course

Updated 06/07/2013

The NSW Aquaculture Association, in collaboration with NSW Fisheries and sponored by Pentair Aquatic Ecosystems are holding a two day Recirculating Aquaculture and Aquaponic Short course in Newcastle NSW on the 21th and 22nd of September 2013.

Please follow this link to purchase tickets and secure your seat.

We will be covering a range of topics suitable to anyone wanting to learn more about designing and operating recirculating aquaculture or aquaponic systems of any size over the intense two day short course presented by Dr Tom Losordo and Dr Wilson Lennard.

Some of the topics that will be covered during this workshop (Full list of topics to be confirmed):

System design and management

  • Aeration
  • Plumbing
  • Components
  • Construction Techniques
  • Operation

Fish production

  • Stocking
  • Feeding, growth and survival
  • Harvesting and processing
  • Water quality

Plant Production

  • Seedling production
  • Importance of pest identification
  • Disease and insect control
  • Nutrient dynamics

Economics and Marketing

  • Aquaponics economics
  • Effect of scale vs Available market
  • Marketing Fish
  • Marketing Plants

About the Presenters:

Dr. Tom Losordo is the Director of Aquaculture Systems Engineering for Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems. Dr. Losordo has a Bachelor degree in Biology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Having been involved in aquaculture for more than 38 years, Dr. Losordo recently retired as head of a program of applied research and extension at North Carolina State University in the area of recirculating aquaculture production systems.

Dr. Wilson Lennard is the Director of Aquaponic Solutions and has been studying aquaponics for the past 10 years. He is a PhD graduate from Australia (RMIT University, 2006) with practical commercial aquaponics experience and knowledge. Wilson also has scientific and engineering skills and experience in associated aquatic disciplines, including freshwater aquaculture, marine aquaculture, hydroponics, integrated aquatic farming systems, freshwater aquatic ecology and environmental biology. These skills and experience have been accumulated over a professional scientific career of almost 20 years.

Venue and cost

The venue will be the Soldiers Point Bowls Club, 118 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point NSW 2317

We are arranging for discounted accommodation rates which are located next to and across the road from the club (walking distance). So hold off on booking your accommodation.

Registration Costs

  • Refreshments and lunch will be provided/included on both days.
  • Course workbook and proceedings are included.
  • We are organising a separate meal at the club on the Saturday night as an option for us all to get together
  • General registration will be $280 total for the two days
  • Aquaculture Association members will be $210
  • Students registration will be $230 (a copy of your student ID card will need to be sent prior)

Please follow this link to purchase tickets and secure your seat.


Robert McCormack
Secretary NSW Aquacutlure Association