About Our Abalone
Big Island Abalone Corporation (BIAC) produces Kona Abalone, a premium stock of Ezo (Japanese Northern) abalone. Kona Abalone are the result of over 15 years of research, intensive study, and experiments by the founders of the company. From the outset, the objective was to develop ways to simulate the positive elements of the natural ocean environment in which abalone flourish. The experiments and research led to important findings about abalone habitat, innovations in farm feeding practices, and a patented algae. The system uses a constant supply of pure, cold, nutrient-rich seawater, pumped from a depth of 3,000 feet in the Pacific Ocean. The result is a near-perfect environment for growing Kona Coast Abalone.
BIAC's facilities include a hatchery, a nursery and abalone grow-out tanks. In this way, BIAC controls the quality of the abalone from the very start of the growth cycle. A blend of algae is used to feed the abalone, optimizing abalone taste, texture, color, nutrition, and shell characteristics. BIAC maintains five million abalone in inventory on its 10-acre site.
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(Left) Ezo abalone seed stock produced in BIAC's “grow-out” tanks. (Right) Maturing Ezo abalone from the production unit:
(Left) A Mix of BIAC-patented algae are fed to Kona Abalone. (Right) Abalone ready for shipment:
(Left) Export packaging for live Kona Abalone. (Right) Abalone arrived in Japan: