Abalone (Paua)


Description:

Paua (abalone) is a univalve shellfish that lives in rocky, coastal areas at depths between one and fifteen metres.
It grazes on seaweed. While abalone are found throughout the world, the New Zealand blackfoot paua (Haliotis iris)
with its spectacular blue/green iridescent shell is unique to this country.

Paua Meat Quality
Paua’s firm flesh is extremely valuable in Asian circles and is central to some of the best Oriental seafood recipes.
Some chefs consider it best served raw, in sushi or sashimi style.

Also known as:

Maori Name: Paua
Market Names
New Zealand: Black-foot Paua
France : Ormeau
Germany : Seeohr
Greece : Haliotis
Italy : Orecchia marina
Japan: Awabi
Korea: Hjeon bok
Spain: Oreja de mer
USA : Blackfoot Abalone, Rainbow Abalone

Size : length : 12.5 – 18cm Size : length : 12.5 – 18cm
Weight : 350g + Weight : 350g +
State available : Whole in shell, shucked Meat State available : Whole in shell, shucked Meat
Packing : Fresh : Polystyrene insulated bin, with Gel Ice packs to maintain coldness in transit Packing : Fresh : Polystyrene insulated bin, with Gel Ice packs to maintain coldness in transit
Frozen : 10kg shatterpack cartons Frozen : 10kg shatterpack cartons
Season : Year round

Paua Fishery
Paua grow larger in the cool South Island waters than they do in the warmer north. Consequently,
most wild paua are harvested from the South, Chatham and Stewart Islands and from the
North Island’s southern coast. New Zealand’s paua fishery is managed by strict quotas, which allow only
set amount of paua to be taken commercially each year. In addition, restrictions on size and harvesting method
also apply to wild paua: they must have a minimum shell length of 12.5cm and must only be harvested by
free-diving (the use of underwater breathing apparatus is not permitted). In addition to wild harvest,
also apply to wild paua: they must have a minimum shell length of 12.5cm and must only be harvested by
small but rapidly developing aquaculture ventures are being established around the country to
farm paua for both meat and pearls.

 

 

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