Dr. Dulana Herath from PASES Aqua Pty Ltd had a chat with ABC news regarding the increasing demand for Electric Blue Marron to keep as pets.
They won’t fetch the newspaper or cuddle you on the couch at the end of a long day, but pet owners are shelling out record dollars for ornamental blue marron during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blue marron is becoming increasingly popular as an ornamental pet and can sell for up to $250
Producers say they are receiving more enquiries than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic about the spider-like freshwater crayfish
Industry estimates just 1 tonne of the rare electric blue crustacean is produced in WA each year
The freshwater crayfish species can range in colour from jet-black to brown, striped and red, but it is cobalt blue marron that is becoming increasingly popular as showpieces in aquariums across Australia and the world.
Peter McGinty is a marron producer based in Manjimup in West Australia’s south-west, about three hours south of Perth.
He said he has received an unprecedented number of inquiries for the eye-catching, electric-blue crustacean since the start of the global health crisis.
“They look absolutely amazing in an aquarium,” Mr McGinty said.
“The demand is exceptional from all around the world and has gone through the roof.
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