Farms

Whale Rock Farm

The original Aqunion aquaculture site, where the dream of abalone farming was born in 1994. Home of the Aqunion Head Office.

  • The farm started operating in 1994 under the leadership of André du Plessis.
  • It is a vertically integrated operation under one roof comprising breeding stock, hatchery, nursery, grow-out and packing sections.
  • Produces 80 tonnes of abalone per year.
  • A fully developed site of 2 hectares.

Romansbaai Farm

This site was established in 1997 and acquired from Sea Plant Products in 2004. The farm has subsequently been developed with infrastructure capable of producing 250 tonnes per annum.

  • The Gansbaai site spans over 30 hectares of land.
  • Produces 200 tonnes of abalone per year.
  • It is a vertically integrated operation under one roof comprising breeding stock, hatchery, nursery, grow-out and packing sections.
  • Employs in excess of 110 staff.
  • Home of Aqunion’s hydroelectricity pilot project.

Diamond Coast Abalone Farm

Aqunion acquired a majority stake in this pilot project in 2011, in partnership with a workers’ trust and the University of Stellenbosch. Located in the remote town of Hondeklipbaai in the Northern Cape of South Africa, the project is one of the first and very few in South Africa that is piloting abalone ranching as a viable form of replenishing abalone stock in the ocean.

  • University research is being done simultaneously on the viability of this form of abalone production.
  • Abalone is produced as seeds of 30mm, which are then seeded onto the ocean floor in a specific habitat where they can protect themselves against predation.
  • The goal is to replicate the production of wild abalone, grown in a wild environment and achieve a much sought-after grown-in-the-wild taste.
  • No interference until the day it is harvested.