We source Red Abalone, which are native to California waters from American Abalone Farm (AAF) in Davenport, CA. As there is no wild commercial harvest of Red Abalone on the west coast AAF is the next best option. AAF is a strong leader in sustainable aquaculture. They use local Red Abalone genetics and grow them from larval to juvenile stage before harvesting them at 3 years of age. Fresh, cold salt-water is pumped in right from the cove at Davenport Landing. It is circulated through tanks where the Abalone are fed a 100% wild kelp and algae diet. All the kelp and algae species that are fed to the Abalone are harvested within Santa Cruz County.
The only input is fresh, cold saltwater and local kelp and algae. There are absolutely no antibiotics, GMO's or chemicals used in the farming of these Abalone. Monterey Bay Seafood Watch rates AAF's Abalone as a "best choice" due to minimal environmental disruption and disturbance.