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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Abalone

Haliotis spp.

Method

Farmed

Bottom Culture (Open)

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

7.13 / 10

Market Names

Awabi

Summary

Feed: Feed used in abalone culture is considered quite sustainable as abalone are herbivores consuming algae and requiring only supplemental feeding. When algae is harvested from the wild, it is generally well regulated, with harvested biomass regrowing quickly.


Effluent: Though effluent from bottom culture is discharged into the ocean it is low in nitrogen and is not considered to have adverse effects on the surrounding environment.



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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Variety

Abalone

Haliotis spp.

Method

Farmed

All Production Methods

Location

Worldwide

Overall Rating

6.95 / 10

Market Names

Summary

Production systems may use any combination of single-pass, flow-through tanks on land, and tethered cages or other enclosures in the sea. There are also some forms of sea ranching that still take place, but sea ranching is not as common as it once was and new, more sustainable methods for sea ranching are being developed. Enclosed (land- and sea-based) and sea-ranched methods will have separate assessments for some criteria, resulting in separate final scores and recommendations.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Western Australia Abalone Fishery

Variety

Abalone, Roe's

Haliotis roei

Method

Wild

Miscellaneous Gear

Location

FAO Area 57 (Indian Ocean, Eastern)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Western Australia Abalone Fishery

Market Names

Awabi

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was benchmarked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Western Australia Abalone Fishery

Variety

Abalone, Greenlip

Haliotis laevigata

Method

Wild

Miscellaneous Gear

Location

FAO Area 57 (Indian Ocean, Eastern)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Western Australia Abalone Fishery

Market Names

Awabi

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was benchmarked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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Ocean Wise Recommended

Ocean Wise

Eco-Certification:

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) - Western Australia Abalone Fishery

Variety

Abalone, Brownlip

Haliotis conicopora

Method

Wild

Miscellaneous Gear

Location

FAO Area 57 (Indian Ocean, Eastern)

Eco-Certification

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Western Australia Abalone Fishery

Market Names

Awabi

Summary

Rationale: Ocean Wise recommends some, but not all Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Click to learn more about how the MSC certification was benchmarked to Ocean Wise. This fishery meets conservation standards to become OWS recommended.

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