Naturally shy and reclusive, the abalone is famed
worldwide as a culinary delight. Anyone who’s lived along
British Columbia’s coastline knows about abalone. Over 30
years ago, you would have said abalone were on most exposed rocky
shores on a good low tide. Every once in a while, you might even have
collected a few for dinner. Nowadays, you are apt to say it’s
very hard to find an abalone, even on the lowest tides. You definitely
can’t take any because they are now endangered and it is
illegal to fish them.
DFO Abalone Recovery Work
Find abalone information from Fisheries and Oceans
Canada on their website: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/ops/fm/shellfish/abalone/default_e.htm.
Available information includes updates on the
recovery of abalone in British Columbia , the National Recovery
Strategy and National Recovery Action Plan for North Abalone in BC,
abalone video clips, other research publications and links to abalone
conservation organizations. This site also links to related pages about
abalone biology, DFO News Releases, other shellfish and fisheries
Selected Research Papers
Atkins, M. Lessard, J. and Campbell, A. 2002.
Resurvey of Northern Abalone, Haliotis kamtschatkana,
Populations in Southeast Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia.
Canadian Manuscript Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2704.
Campbell, A. et al. 2001. High Levels of Genetic
Variation in Northern Abalone Haliotis kamtschatkana
of British Columbia. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Research
Day, E. and Branch, G. 2002. Effects of Sea
Urchins (Parachinus Angulosus) on Recruits and
Juveniles of Abalone (Haliotis Midae). Ecological
Monographs, 72(1). 133–149.
Jamieson, G. 1999. Review of Status of Northern,
or Pinto, Abalone, Haliotis Kamtschatkana, in
Canada. Canadian Stock Assessment Secretariat Research Document 99/190.
Mayfield, S. and Branch, G. 2000. Interrelations
among rock lobsters, sea urchins, and juvenile abalone: implications
management. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 57. 2175–2185.
Mortimor, J., Elliott, G. and Henderson, C. 2002.
Survey of Northern Abalone, Haliotis kamtschatkana,
Populations in East Eagle Bay (Scott’s Bay), Barkley Sound,
British Columbia. Unpublished report.
Sloan, N. 2004. Northern Abalone: Using an
Invertebrate to Focus
Marine Conservation Ideas and Values. Coastal Management, 32.
DFO abalone research publications are listed and
some can be downloaded at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/ops/fm/shellfish/abalone