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.
Public Health advice
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.