• Holding intellectual property associated with the development of a new trigger pot technology, to be utilised in commercial octopus fishing;
• Conducting open water trials of the new trigger pot technology;
• Commercialising the new trigger pot technology to both existing and potential domestic and international octopus fisheries.
Since its incorporation in August 2004, Octopus Technologies has solely pursued the development and testing of its uniquely designed trigger pot. This dramatically increased the catch rate for octopus fishing whilst offering a substantially lower environmental impact than currently used pot and fishing methods, with the real possibility of creating sustainable octopus fisheries on a worldwide basis.
Today, the Trigger Trap is widely accepted as the preferred fishing method of commercial octopus fishing in Western Australia with some trials now being conducted in South Australia.
The Trigger Trap meets or exceeds all efficiency and environmental requirements by increasing the catch rates, eliminating bi-product and cannot “ghost fish” (meaning to continue to catch and kill if the trap is lost at sea). Once the octopus is captured it remains out of harms’ way because the animal is securely enclosed within the trap making it impossible for any predator to damage it. This in turn increases the quality of octopus caught hence fetching better prices in the market.
A February 2016 major Fisheries Research Report highlighted that the broad-scale introduction in 2010 of a new gear type, the Trigger Trap, saw a 400% increase in octopus catches in the Western Australian Developmental Octopus Fishery (DOF).The Trigger Trap technology was invented, patented and introduced to the industry by Fremantle Octopus and Octopus Technologies Director Craig Cammilleri. Department of Fisheries WA’s Shane O’Donoghue says “Craig Cammilleri’s trap has revolutionised the industry and it has been crucial to the development of the Managed Octopus Fishery.”
The trigger pot was designed to catch octopus and only octopus. No other sea creature has the strength or the curiosity to trigger the trap. After all our sea trials and over a year of fishing with the trigger pot in Western Australia, we had never caught another species except for octopus. The trigger pot is superior to all other octopus traps previously used in Western Australia.
Founded by Ross and Craig Cammilleri in 2000, Fremantle Octopus Pty Ltd specialises in octopus fishing and the manufacture of processed raw and value added octopus products for sale in both the Australian and Overseas markets.
The species of octopus ( O’tetricus ) found off the Western Australian coast is considered to be one of the best species of octopus in the world due to the quality and colour of its flesh when processed, its tenderness and flesh structure as well as its generous size.
The company has not only created a sustainable octopus fishing industry in Western Australia where none previously existed, it has also built a thriving manufacturing operation that has a world reputation for high quality seafood products. All this whilst maintaining a sustainable fishery policy.
Craig is a fellow founding shareholder of Octopus Technologies and is the man responsible for the trigger trap technology and other innovations that have revolutionised the industry. Craig commenced commercial fishing 30 years ago and not long after, completed his Masters 5 Commercial Skippers qualification.
Ross is a founding shareholder of Octopus Technologies and has more than 40 years’ leadership experience in business management and finance and the lobster and octopus industries. Together with brother and co founder Craig, Ross has been a driving force in the development and establishment of the managed octopus fishery in Western Australia.
Octopus Technologies Pty Ltd is a specialised fishing technology company which was established to hold intellectual property associated with the development of a unique new trigger pot, to be utilised in the commercial octopus fishing industry.
We currently hold Patents in South Africa, New Zealand and China with a World Wide patent pending.