Abagold farms Abalone on the south coast of South Africa.
The unique conditions of the Atlantic Ocean provide the requisite environmental nutrients for the production of high-quality Abalone.
The Abalone species, Haliotis Midae, is an admired food source around the world and is unique to South Africa's area of cultivation. The South African Afrikaans word for abalone, ‘perlemoen’, is derived from the Dutch term ‘Paarlemoer’ meaning mother of pearl, which is on the inside of the protective shell of the animal.
Abagold was one of the first abalone companies in the world to be awarded the independently verified Friend of the Sea Sustainability Certification in 2015. Abagold export live, canned and dried abalone worldwide, with its largest markets located in Asia.
Abagold is located in Hermanus in the Western Cape and operates on four farms: Sea View, Amaza, Sulumanzi and Bergsig. These four aquaculture sites combined comprise 10 hectares and house over 2 000 land-based tanks.
Abalone farming was introduced in South Africa in the 1940s, after it became evident that this natural resource was endangered due to overfishing. Small-scale farming operations were set up among the Western Cape Coast, and Hermanus was one of the first hotspots to invest in abalone farming.
Abagold's environmental impact is managed and professionally controlled, preventing any damage on the surrounding ecosystem.