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Marron crayfish, primed as the next global food sensation

Western Australian startup, Aquatic AI is leading the charge with a fully automated vertical aquaculture system for marron crayfish – set to rival the iconic WA rock lobster industry. Co-founders, Andrew Walker and Michael Storey are seeking investment to develop a scaled supply chain for premium export markets.

marron technology Marron crayfish. Photo credit: Ooid Scientific

This week we bring you a podcast from growAG. – the gateway to Australia’s agrifood innovation system, showcasing world-leading agricultural research, unique technologies and commercialisation opportunities online in one, easy-to-use location.

We learn about Western Australia’s famed marron crayfish and how it could become the next global food sensation. Aquatic AI, an aquaculture tech startup is leading this charge, with a fully-automated, vertical aquaculture system to ensure a consistent supply at scale of this tasty crustacean for premium export markets – in collaboration with the University of Western Australia.

With the support of AgriFutures Australia’s Emerging Industries Program, Andrew Walker and Michael Storey, the Co-Founders of Aquatic AI are seeking commercial investors to help research and develop a scaled aquaculture supply chain for marron to rival the iconic WA rock lobster industry.

Aquatic AI founders Michael Storey Andrew Walker

Aquatic AI Co-founders, Michael Storey and Andrew Walker. Photo credit: Ooid Scientific

Here our growAG. contributor Judy Kennedy learns more about the robotic technology and the nutritionally balanced diet developed to optimise the taste and size of the famed marron crayfish, when grown in an intensive system. Aquatic AI’s research will not only help to produce seafood with a small environmental footprint but serves to benefit all marron farmers and aquaculture more broadly.

Learn more about Aquatic AI’s investment opportunity on growAG. here, closing 29 April 2022.


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