China Cuisine Association visits Australian Wild Abalone producers on a Gourmet Adventure!

February 25, 2016

China Cuisine Association visits Australian Wild Abalone producers on a Gourmet Adventure! A very special collaboration between The Abalone Council Australia Ltd (AWA program) and the China Cuisine Association brings a delegation of Chinese Chefs and food & beverage buyers to Australia on a Gourmet Adventure, to sample and source beautiful Australian Wild Abalone products…

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Chinese Chefs Get Innovative with Australian Wild Abalone!

November 18, 2015

A very special collaboration between the Abalone Council Australia Ltd and the China Cuisine Association has created The Australian Wild Abalone Innovative Cuisine Design Competition which culminated in an awards ceremony gala dinner in Beijing last week! The competition aims were to inspire Chinese cuisine and catering industries to use Australian Wild Abalone in unique and innovative ways, to enhance…

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Australian Wild Abalone™ (AWA™) represents the best quality wild caught abalone in the world.

Australian abalone exporters who are licensed to use the AWA™ industry mark must comply with the AWA™ Quality Assurance Code of Practice (compliance with this Code enables the exporter to display the AWA™ logo on their product packaging).

Purchasers of abalone products displaying the AWA™ branded High Security label will know with certainty they have purchased genuine premium quality Australian Wild Abalone™ that has been harvested from the cold clean waters of southern Australia and processed and packaged according to stringent Quality Assurance guidelines.

This logo indicates:

  • That the product is premium quality wild harvest Australian abalone
  • That the supplier has complied with the AWA™ Quality Assurance Code of Practice
  • That the product is genuine Australian Wild Abalone™ due to the presence of NanoTag© brand protection technology.
Protected by Nano TAG Technology
Australian wild abalone logo

Australian Wild Abalone™ is harvested from the cool, unpolluted waters of Australia’s southern coastline.

Commercial abalone fisheries exist in Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales. All are highly regulated and monitored by the Department of Fisheries of each State Government. There are strictly enforced controls that limit the total commercial harvest. These controls ensure that the fisheries are managed in an ecologically sustainable manner.

Australian wild capture abalone fisheries have been certified for export under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Each State abalone fishery is assessed against the Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries – Edition 2 under the EPBC Act. Following this assessment, each abalone fishery has been certified for export in recognition that it is managed in an environmentally sustainable manner.

All Australian exporters must be accredited by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture Fisheries & Forestry, previously AQIS, to be eligible for export.

All Australian processors must also be licensed by their relevant State Government to be eligible to purchase, process and pack abalone.

Australian Wild Abalone logo and the Australian Government logos  

Premium Quality Australian Wild Abalone™ (AWA) is proudly supplied by the following Australian Companies – each of these Companies complies with the AWA Quality Assurance Code of Practice and is approved for Export by the Australian Government.

Visit our approved suppliers websites for more information.

Blue sky fisheries logoCandy-abCMGDover Fisheries

Dragon King AbaloneEyre Woolf EnterpriseHot Dog Fisheries Pty LtdKansom for web

Pacific-shojiRalph's Tasmanian SeafoodStreaky Bay Marine ProductsTas Live Abalone

Tasmanian Seafoods 

List of industry sites

Australian Wild Abalone™ is being used by some of Asia’s top chefs to create amazing dishes. Please look through our culinary gallery for inspiration.

Wild Australian abalone has many superior nutritional benefits – it is healthy to eat and provides many important nutrients. Have a look at the nutritional information.

Nutritional Facts

Australian Wild Abalone™ is a good source of Omega 3, protein, iodine, iron and is low in saturated fat. Abalone contains no trans fat. Find out more information about the nutritional benefits of abalone, or click on the icons below to view the full nutritional information panel.

Omega 3, protein, Iodine, iron, low in saturated fat, no trans fat


The freshly harvested abalones are delivered to “state of the art” processing premises via temperature controlled trucks where they are carefully unloaded and prepared for processing.

The abalones are then processed through carefully controlled operations that ensure the final packaged products retain their premium quality and are naturally nutritious with that unique taste only wild abalones freshly harvested from the seabed can provide.

Visit our YouTube Channel to find out more about the abalone industry in Australia.

Australian wild abalones are very selective about the environment in which they live – the sea should be cold with a high salt content, there should be regular water movement and a healthy abundant supply of seaweed. Although abalone grow in many places around the world, the best quality and most succulent abalones grow near the 40 degrees south latitude. The southern Australian coastline provides the perfect growing environment for wild abalone – cold and clean oceanic waters with seaweed in abundance for the wild abalones to feed on, resulting in succulent and tasty abalone meat prized by discerning diners from all corners of the globe.

Caught by hand

Australian Wild Abalone™ is harvested directly from the ocean floor (not farmed) – the abalone retains its original wild taste, the way nature intended. Experienced abalone divers brave the cold and shark infested waters to hand select the finest quality abalones for delivery to the processing premises. Click on the video link below to watch one of our divers in action, or visit our YouTube Channel to find out more about the abalone industry in Australia.


Australian Wild Abalone Video




Map of abalone species distribution around Australia

There are four abalone species commercially harvested from Australian waters – black-lip, green-lip, brown-lip and roei. These species are available in a range of export-approved product formats: raw (uncooked) and cooked, fresh or frozen, naturally pigmented or with pigment removed.

Abalones are single-shelled molluscs that attach themselves to rocks along the open ocean coastline, generally where the water is less than 40 metres deep. The preferred environments for abalone are crevices, caves, under ledges and in the gaps between boulders where they graze on seaweed and algae. They prefer to live in turbulent, heavily oxygenated, light rich coastal waters and have evolved a strong muscular foot with which they hang on to the substrate. It is the abalone foot that is prized as a delicacy.

On the right is a list of commonly exported product forms – please note that some AWA Suppliers sell additional product types not listed  – for more information please click on the AWA approved supplier links below.


Blacklip abalone grows across
southern Australia on rocky reefs
and are commercially harvested
in South Australia, Tasmania,
Victoria and New South Wales.



Brownlip abalone are found on rocky
reefs in deeper water along Western
Australia’s coastline south
from Rottnest Island

Abalone Council Australia Ltd

262 Argyle Street, Hobart
Tasmania 7000
Phone: +61 3 62 311955
Fax: +61 3 62 311966

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