Aqunion is the union of three well-known South African abalone businesses (Aquafarm Development, Roman Bay Sea Farm and SPP Canning), built on decades of experience and expertise.
Aqunion’s farming and processing operations are located in the beautiful coastal towns of Gansbaai and Hermanus. Here, in a clean and natural rural environment away from the hustle and bustle of city centres, we grow our abalone as close to nature as possible.
Our animals are reared in specially built tanks nourished by a pump-ashore flow-through system – providing us with 24-hour access to fresh seawater in a highly controlled scientific environment. This environment is closely monitored by our dedicated production team.
In the hatcheries, abalone is reared from fertilised eggs in a highly intensive and fragile environment. This rearing and nursing process
When the abalone is ready for sale, it is transported to our processing facility or, in the case of live export, it is packed at the respective packing facilities on our 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.
The Aqunion processing facility is situated in the new harbour of Hermanus. This is where live abalone is processed into the frozen, canned and dried products.
Our work force of 50 highly skilled people is lead by a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about producing the best quality South African abalone products. We are also fully-committed to stringent levels of hygiene and food safety and our factory is FSSC 22000 certified. This ensures that every single product that leaves Aqunion is of the very highest standard.
MARKETING & LOGISTICS
Aqunion has a dedicated marketing team that is located on-site at our processing facility to ensure integrated systems and information flow.
Our sales team can be relied on for their in-depth knowledge of the international abalone market, having sold our products to customers in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia for over 16 years. We pride ourselves on our high levels of customer service, in particular our flexible approach. We are able to accommodate most market and customer demands, and have forged lasting relationships with trusted shipping and logistics partners to ensure reliable delivery of our products.