From remote coastal landing locations
Each day, GFC services our fishermen at over 50 designated landing sites stretching along more than 1,000 km of the WA coastline. To make this possible, GFC has a number of coastal facilities from Mandurah in the south to Kalbarri in the north. These coastal facilities range from small depots designed to hold freshly landed catches for short periods, through to the 70 tonne receival and live holding facility in GFC’s home port of Geraldton.
All coastal facilities have live holding tanks supplied with seawater direct from the Indian Ocean, keeping the day’s catches in premium condition prior to collection or export.
Onto an optimised logistical network
The network of sites is serviced by GFC’s fleet of highly specialised live transport trucks. Each truck is fitted with a custom-built temperature-controlled recirculating seawater system that keeps the lobsters in optimum condition during transport. The live truck holding systems were developed in-house and represent the culmination of years of research and development by GFC. All trucks are fitted with track and trace transponders that not only allow continuous monitoring of the location and speed and direction of travel of each vehicle but also of the conditions the lobsters are experiencing in the live holding compartment.
This onboard tracking system also allows the efficient scheduling of staff and operations to ensure streamlined operations.
Depending on market requirements, lobster is transported to one of two main production sites, Welshpool for live lobster and Fremantle for frozen lobster production
Welshpool live lobster facility
The Welshpool live lobster facility covers more than 4000m2, this purpose-designed and built facility is the world’s largest rock lobster export facility. 80 tonnes of live lobster will be held in a climate-controlled, computer-monitored aquaculture system in more than 1,200 tonnes of refrigerated seawater.
Fremantle frozen lobster facility
Frozen lobster is expertly prepared next to the Indian Ocean at Fremantle harbour.
Capable of receiving six tonnes per hour of lobster, this dedicated frozen lobster production facility boasts industry-leading technology and automation to deliver scalable and consistently premium quality lobster products.
Product lines created in Fremantle include;
On-demand product lines created in Fremantle include;
Stewarding the sustainability and conservation of the Western Rock Lobster species.