Western Abalone was formed by the pioneers of another world below the sea.
Today, their descendants still put their bodies on the line and test their limits daily. Respectful of the ocean and the mighty challenge of their quest, these men take on everything nature can throw at them—gales, waves, sharks and even the bends—to prospect bravely for its most elusive jewels: abalone.
We feel at home in the sea. We’re ocean people.
These were people who respected the ocean and the bounty it provides.
More than three decades later, the next generation carries on their quest and Western Abalone is now globally renowned for its highly prized produce. Our family values and our three watchwords of cooperation, quality and sustainability have led to long-term relationships within our company mirrored by those we share with our many valued international partners.
This is where you’ll also find the southern rock lobster, bluefin tuna and western king prawns that attract global buyers, as well as the great white sharks, sea lion colonies and southern right whale nursery that attract global tourists.
In the mid-1980s, our founders introduced their own annual catch quotas and minimum sizes, making ours one of the first abalone fisheries to protect precious stocks in this way. This has ensured our sustainability and the consistently large size of our abalone. Today, our fishery is managed by the South Australian Government, with the majority of licences supplying Western Abalone. Our sustainability is also recognised by the Australian Government with export approval.
Talk to us and you’ll soon discover we understand our business from the seafloor to the market door through hard-won, hands-on experience.
Kane was an abalone diver supplying Western Abalone for 10 years prior to becoming the General Manager in 2014.
He has a thorough understanding of the abalone sector from harvest to consumption.
Haydn (Skinny) Myers
Haydn started with Western Abalone in 1999 as a processing hand and continually progressed up through the ranks to run the plant. Don’t they say quality always rises?
Bec started in Western Abalone’s administration in 2001 and, over the years, has learned all there is to know about our operations.
Registered with and approved by AQIS (Australian Quarantine Inspection Service), we have maintained an A-grade rating through each of its annual inspections based on HACCP requirements. Our export identifier is EX1911 and our products are fully traceable.