Abalone is a common name for any of a group of small to very large edible sea snails.
It is also known as “perlemoen”.
Abalone flesh is considered a delicacy in many countries around the world.
Abalone-diving has been a recreational activity for many years, but stocks are severely threatened by illegal commercial harvesting.
In South Africa, all persons harvesting this shellfish need permits that are issued annually, and no abalone may be harvested using scuba gear.
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The more rubbery it is the more acceptable it is for the Asian market.— Tim Hedges
We got the abalone to spawn monthly whereas it naturally only happens about once per year.— Tim Hedges
The illegal abalone trade will continue until there’s nothing left.— Tim Hedges
We sell a can of abalone for R400.— Tim Hedges
We’re capturing more abalone outside of the sea than poachers in it.— Tim Hedges
We grow abalone over a five year period before we sell them.— Tim Hedges
The ability to replicate the reproduction of abalone is our intellectual property.— Tim Hedges
In nature only about three or four percent of abalones survive to adulthood. Our figure is around 60 or 70 percent.— Tim Hedges
We produce about a million baby abalone per month of which 600 000 to 700 000 survives.— Tim Hedges
We export 99% of the abalone that we produce. The weak rand is a great help.— Tim Hedges
We sell our abalone alive, frozen and canned.— Tim Hedges
We sell most of our abalone around Chinese New Year.— Tim Hedges
The spawning process took 14 years to perfect.— Tim Hedges
Our initial shareholders invested in 1990. We paid our first dividend in 2010.— Tim Hedges
We pump 10 million litres per hour.— Tim Hedges
This article first appeared on 702 : How the legal abalone (aka perlemoen) industry functions in South Africa