Abalone, or Paua, as it is known by Māori, was celebrated at the
11th International Abalone Symposium (IAS) which was held at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand at the end of February.
The symposium brought together industry, research, and government delegates from across the world for networking and information sharing about abalone aquaculture and wild-catch abalone fisheries.
Māori culture permeated the entire event with traditional language, presentations, songs and dances showcased over the week in a beautiful example of how scientific and indigenous knowledge can be interwoven into a successful and ‘paua-ful’ event.
Participants at the 11th International Abalone Symposium in Auckland
The Tasmanian Government was delighted to support the event as a bronze partner. Two representatives from the Wild Fisheries Management Branch attended to present on topics related to abalone fisheries management in Tasmania - the world’s largest wild catch abalone fishery. Nick Savva from the Australian Abalone Growers Association shared the country update on behalf of Australia with country updates from South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, Europe, USA and China also provided.
Each jurisdiction has its own unique challenges to contend with. Among the varied and informative talks, highlights included presentations on the captive breeding program underway in California to rebuild the highly endangered white abalone population; post-earthquake recovery of intertidal abalone habitat following massive uplift and mass mortality in Kaikoura, New Zealand; and changing market preferences and supply chains in China.
The next International Abalone Symposium will be held in California in 2026.