Spanner crab export pioneers named #eatqld Champion

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries The Honourable Mark Furner

Lyn and Les Apps. Image - please credit Fraser Island Spanner Crabs

The Queensland Government has recognised Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs as an #eatqld Champion.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs had been chosen for their incredible achievement to become the world’s largest spanner crab exporter.

“Like the spanner crab itself, which is the only crab that moves forward, owners Les and Lyn Apps have moved their business forward forming it in the 1980s to become, by the early 2000s, the world’s largest spanner crab exporter,” Mr Furner said.

“From their Mooloolaba base, they are taking delicious Queensland spanner crab to the world in a sustainable and ethical manner.

“Les and Lyn’s vision and determination is truly inspirational as we unite and recover from the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and they will be fine ambassadors promoting Queensland’s world of flavour from the state of delicious.”

Mr Apps said the #eatqld Champion award aligned perfectly with the company’s commitment to ensuring that all aspects of the fishery are promoting excellence.

“Our company philosophy is that everyone involved in the spanner crab fishery supply chain, from deckhand through to processing worker, are fairly rewarded for their work so that only the best quality crab is caught and sold under the Fraser Isle Spanner Crab brand,” Mr Apps said.

“Our commitment to social responsibility is underpinned by our determination to protect and maintain the marine environment surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage listed Fraser Island.

“By integrating sustainable business and environmental practices, we are working to ensure that the world can enjoy the distinctive and delicious flavours of Fraser Isle Spanner Crab for many years to come.”

Mr Furner said the Queensland Government’s #eatqld campaign encouraged the community to eat local, stay healthy and support jobs in the state’s agricultural sector.

“Our produce is second to none. We are urging everybody to explore Queensland-grown food and when you do, we ask that you take a photograph and share it online using the hashtag #eatqld,” Mr Furner said.

“By eating Queensland-produced meat, seafood, fruit, nuts and veggies you support everybody that brings that food to your table. .

“That means jobs for Queenslanders right across our state.”

Previous #eatqld Champions include Creek to Coast host Scott Hillier, Walkamin entrepreneur Krista Watkins, Bowen horticulturalist Carl Walker, and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre’s Executive Chef David Pugh.

To nominate someone as an #eatqld Champion, email

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