Abalone are a family of reef-dwelling marine snails. In Western Australia they are the target of a lucrative export commercial fishery and one of the world’s shortest recreational fishing seasons. Despite this fishing pressure and examples of stock collapses worldwide, WA has one of the few remaining sustainable wild-stock abalone fisheries.
The scientific family name for Abalone is Haliotidae. In Western Australia there are 11 species of abalone, but only three are large enough in size to be fished:
Roe’s abalone (Haliotis roei); Greenlip abalone (Haliotis laevigata) and Brownlip abalone (Haliotis conicopora).