1. There are 7 species of abalone that occur in California
2. There are about 80 different types (species) of abalone that occur around
3. All the abalone we sell are RED ABALONE. Red Abalone are the fastest
growing and one of the best tasting abalone in the world.
4. The commercial fishery for abalone in California was closed in 1997 and the
recreational fishery was closed in 2017.
5. Farm raised abalone is the only option for live abalone or fresh abalone
steaks in California
6. The abalone we sell are 2.5 to 5 years old (3 to 4 inches in shell length)
7. The colors on the back of the shell are from the different types of seaweed
8. Farm raised abalone are fed only brown and red seaweed that they eat in
9. Because farm raised abalone are grown on only fresh seaweed in seawater,
the same as wild abalone, they taste the same.
10. No chemicals or antibiotics are used on farm raised abalone, which is one
of the reasons they are rated as a BEST CHOICE SEAFOOD by the Monterey
Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program.
11. There are boy abalone and girl abalone
12. Abalone can change sex – a boy can change to a girl and a girl can change
into a boy
13. The abalone are nocturnal = they prefer to live in a dark environment
14. Abalone have 2 eye stocks, but they can only see changes in light and dark
15. The small tentacles on the side of the abalone are called = epipodia. The
epipodia have both chemical and tactile receptors.
16. Abalone are shellfish related to oyster, clams and mussels
17. Unlike most shellfish they are not filter feeding animals. They only eat the
seaweed we give to them.
18. They are omnivores (eat plant and animal material – they prefer plant
19. They eat seaweed with a feeding structure called a RADULA, which is like a
belt with lots of small teeth on it. Their mouth is located between the two
20. The large muscular meat part is called their FOOT
21. About 35 to 40% of the total weight of an abalone is usable meat that can
22. Some people also boil, steam or sautee the abalone entrails (guts) and they
are consumed as a delicacy.
23. Red Abalone occur naturally from Baja Mexico to southern Oregon.