OGA's story began with a young man, his curiosity and the wild ocean...
OGA's Managing Director, Brad Adams grew up in the remote town of Augusta in the very south west of Western Australia where the Southern Ocean meets the Indian Ocean.
Brad and his family have a long association with aquaculture and the fishing industry. He’s a 3rd generation fisherman whose father founded the commercial wild abalone diving industry in Flinders Bay in the 1960s.
Brad's enquiring mind lead him down an aquaculture route, and after completing his studies in Tasmania, he returned home to start the development of a new technique of growing abalone.
After to close to 20 years researching, developing and inventing a new technology, OGA's sea ranching technique was born and the abitat was developed.
Sea ranching is an aquaculture technique where hatchery bred juvenile abalone are placed on OGA designed artificial reefs (abitats), which are placed in the ocean and left to nature to grow for 2-3 years until they reach a marketable size. They feed and survive in the wild.
The abalone produced from the sea ranch is identical to the highly sought after wild catch product, but has the competitive advantages that only aquaculture can provide. OGA can supply year round to meet market demands to whatever size or product specification the market requires.
Importantly, the sustainability of the abalone using this technique is proven and monitored on an ongoing basis. Monitoring the abitats and the sea ranching technology is paramount to OGA.
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Committed to Abalone Aquaculture
Ocean Grown Abalone Pty Ltd has developed the world's first commercial abalone ranching business in Flinders Bay.
Ocean Grown Abalone is dedicated to commercialising ocean ranching of abalone in Australia. We believe that the future growth of abalone aquaculture in Australia is in the ocean.
BRAD ADAMS, Managing Director
Brad is a third generation fisherman who has been involved in the abalone industry all his life. Brad worked as a commercial abalone diver for 12 years. He has two younger brothers who still dive the family’s abalone licence. The Adams family passion is all about abalone.
PETER HAROLD, Non-Executive Chairman, B. App. Sc (Chemistry), FAICD
Mr Peter Harold (Non-Executive Chairman), B. App. Sc (Chemistry) FAICD Peter is a process engineer with over 30 years of corporate experience in the minerals industry, specialising in financing, marketing, project development and operating, business development and general corporate activities.
IAN RICCIARDI, Non-Executive Director
Ian has been involved in the Western Australian Fishing Industry since 1975. The Ricciardi Family group have a long standing history in the seafood industry in Australia.
DANIELLE LEE, Non-Executive Director, B.Econ. LLB, BEc
Ms Lee is a corporate lawyer with more than 23 years’ experience shared between private law firms and the ASX.
Mr Santoro is an experienced executive with a broad range of experience in commercial developments, corporate governance and company administration having worked for a number of ASX listed and other companies over a broad range of industries.
2015 WA Seafood Industry Awards
2015 OGA received the WAFIC Research and Development Award
2017 WA Seafood Industry Awards
In 2017, OGA received Seafood Industry Producer Award
2016 Delicious Australia Produce Awards WA State Winner
Delicious Australia Produce Awards 2017
OGA picked up 3 awards at the 2017 Produce Awards:
WA State Winner
National Producer of the Year
2017 Seafood Directions, Sydney
Primary Producer Award
Telstra Margaret River Region Business Awards 2017
2017, OGA received Finest Regional Producer Award