The mangrove-lined shallow waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria are home to over 50 recorded species, making it incredibly diverse and unique for its size.
The warm temperature and large salt and mud flats that line the coast, make for excellent Mud Crab breeding grounds which are available most of the year, the Gulf is also home to our most beautiful and pristine land, very unique to this country.
Keeping this in mind we believe it is integral to our success to be as sustainable and ecologically conscious as possible throughout the harvesting process.
And this is why we only take A grade crabs.
Catch levels are stable throughout the year and are subject to tidal patterns and seasonality which is another reason our seafood is special.
The Gulf of Carpentaria is the large bay shared by the Northern Territory and Queensland, hugely unpopulated and remote. The Gulf is divided from the Coral Sea on the NE by the 12 metre deep beautiful Torres Strait and from the Arafura Sea on the NW side by the Arafura Sill which lies approx. 70 metres below the ocean surface.
The Gulf is uniquely macro tidal, with a combination of more than 20 river systems that drain into it, massive salt pans on the SE make for very flat land drainage.
Monsoonal rain and magnified tides create natural filtration for the many species that inhabit these waters, the Gulf of Carpentaria’s mineral rich warm waters make for some of the cleanest healthiest ecosystems in Australia – and unarguably one of the best breeding grounds for Gulf Mud Crabs, Barramundi, King Salmon, Grey & Spanish Mackerel in the world.
An interesting cloud phenomenon occurs over the Gulf of Carpentaria that has intrigued scientists, fisherman and meteorologists for many years. This phenomenon is called a Morning Glory and its unique occurrence is not very well understood.
The Morning Glory is a wave of cloud that arrives regularly each spring. It’s a beautiful rolling cloud formation, kind of like a large build of storm clouds but rolling across the sky, and for the moments that it passes over it gets really dark and wet and really windy!!
It only lasts a few moments and if you every get a chance to experience one it’s just magical!!
Karumba is a little town situated in the Gulf of Carpentaria, approximately 2,159 kilometres from the state capital Brisbane.
Karumba sits on the side of the mighty Norman River and is proudly the only town along the southern side of the Gulf of Carpentaria due to the extensive tidal flats. These beautiful tidal flats prohibit settlement along its shores, another reason why the Gulf of Carpentaria is abundant with fish and marine life its remote and not very accessible.
Karumba is a popular fishing town with many tourists taking advantage of the beautiful beaches and excellent fishing that it has to offer.