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- Abalone are farmed on land and in the ocean.
- Abalone are herbivorous and fed diets made from fast-growing algae. This has a low impact on marine ecosystems.
- Farms have a small impact on their surrounding environment as waste is minimal.
- There is some risk of disease outbreaks in abalone farms spreading to wild abalone populations; strict controls on disease management now protect wild abalone from farm-transferred outbreaks.
People often find cooking abalone intimidating, but you can ensure a tender, tasty result by following this simple rule – cook them either hot and fast, or low and slow. Thinly sliced abalone can be pan-fried, barbecued or stir-fried. They are also delicious crumbed and fried. If you’re slow cooking, leave them whole – try stewing in Asian flavours such as sesame, soy, ginger and chicken stock. Cook the abalone until it’s tender and then slice to serve. Small ‘cocktail’ or ‘baby’ farmed abalone require only 5 minutes in a steamer to be tender and ready to serve.
Abalone are farmed on land, or at sea in cages or racks suspended off the sea floor. Farms generally have a low impact on their surrounding environment as operations are generally small with low amounts of waste.
In recent years, diseases transferred from farmed abalone to wild populations have caused concern, particularly in Victoria. Diseases reduced wild populations to an overfished state. Following a series of outbreaks, farms now closely monitor for any signs of disease, and farms are de-stocked if disease is detected. Strict controls on disease management now protect wild abalone from farm-transferred outbreaks.
Abalone are herbivorous, and are fed diets based on seaweeds. The types of algae harvested to feed farmed abalone are quick-growing, and studies have shown that their harvest has no effect on wild algae populations.