Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
120 mm from Arthur River east to Musselroe Point, 138 mm for all other waters. See
size limit maps for exact boundaries.
abalone have rough, oval shells with a low spire and a distinctive row
of holes around the edge. The shell is a red to brown colour with fine
spiral ridges and a pearly lining. They have a large muscular foot with
a black edge by which they attach to rocks and crevices. The shells on
larger abalone are often covered by algae and other small marine
Blacklip abalone live subtidally in more exposed reef environments in areas of high wave energy. They shelter in rocky crevices and gutters, moving out onto rocky, kelp covered bottom at night to feed.
Blacklip are the most common species of abalone in Tasmania where they are taken recreationally by diving. They feed by trapping drifting seaweeds with the front part of the foot or by grazing on algae and seagrasses. Growth rates vary with location and time of year.
Try to size abalone before you remove it. Do not leave abalone upside down or on a sandy bottom. Abalone that have been cut will bleed to death so take care in handling.
Follow any public health alerts relating to eating wild shellfish - refer to the
Department of Health and Human Services or phone their hotline on 1800 671 738.
Abalone meat has low oil content and a distinctive subtle flavour. It has a dense white flesh which may need tenderising. Use whole or sliced.
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