Local abalone? Yes please!
Since the collapse & closure of the commercial abalone fishery in California during the 1990’s (due to over harvesting), abalone aquaculture has been the only responsible and sustainable way to commercially consume abalone. American Abalone Farms is a family run facility that has been growing California Red Abalone within the pristine waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for over 25 years. Their facility is located on the beach in Davenport, California, and is open to the public on Saturday's and Sunday's - we highly recommend you visit! They raise their abalone in an environment that mimics their natural home - seawater pumps continuously supply clean, fresh seawater to abalone tanks directly from the ocean only a few yards away. They are fed a 100% organic diet consisting of a variety of fresh local seaweeds that the workers hand harvest themselves.
With the help of abalone farms like this one we reduce the strain we put on our natural populations so they can begin to rebuild and flourish. These abalone are considered a Best Choice by the Monterey Seafood Watch Program and we offer them to members already shucked, tenderized, and packaged as whole steaks!
Abalone are found along the coastal waters of every continent except for the Atlantic Coast of South America, the Caribbean, and the East Coast of the United States. Most species are found in chilly waters, just off the coasts of New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Western North America, and Japan.
What are abalone?!
This video highlights a sustainable Abalone farm in Baja that shares many similarities to our farm in Davenport. Want to check out the farm yourself? You can! They are open to the public on weekends!
Abalone are delicious marine mollusks that are prized for their sweet and tender meat and their beautiful shells. They are found in rocky coastal areas that are abundant in kelp - their main food source. In the wild they grow up to 10 inches on the coast of Northern California, but American Abalone Farm sustainably harvests their Abalone after 3 years. They are sluggish (hehe) growers, usually growing at a rate of about 1 inch a year.
The shells were used by Native Americans as hooks and jewelry, and they ate the irresistible meat of course!
Abalone not only tastes great, but also an excellent source of many vital nutrients. In Asian cultures, abalone has long been appreciated for its health benefits, including healthy eyes and skin.
Farmed abalone is low in fat and a good source of omega 3, iodine and phosphorous (phosphate). Omega 3 contains anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the risk of heart disease and arthritis symptoms and are believed to reduce the risk of developing cancers. Iodine is an essential mineral for the healthy function of the thyroid gland which regulates healthy body development, in particular the central nervous system. Phosphorous helps protect the blood's transports energy.
- Thank you AUSAB for the great info!
Is it all edible?
Yes! The abalone we provide is shucked, cleaned, and tenderized - it is ready to eat and all of it is delicious!
How is harvested and tenderized?
Everything is done at American Abalone by hand in Davenport, CA. From harvest to tenderization, your abalone usually only see a couple different sets of hands before it ends up with you!
How old are these guys?
Abalone are sluggish growers, taking at least 3 years to harvest!