Haliotis iris is a species of abalone native to New Zealand. It is prized equally amongst Maori and recreational divers, who know it as paua. The shell is a brilliant blue on the outside and features a multi-coloured interior, making it sought after for jewellery production. The meat itself is a jet black and is one of the most highly regarded delicacies in New Zealand, along with crayfish and Bluff oysters. If you've not tried it before, don't miss the chance to have some delivered to your home.
Wild paua is managed under a quota set by the QMS, which is New Zealand's national fisheries management system. For the current quota period ending in September 2018, the total commercial catch is 964,879 kg (this figure also includes quota for the related species of haliotis australis).
178 Degrees also imports from an abalone farm near Ruakaka, in the far of New Zealand. The farm is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), making it only the third abalone producer in the world to have been so recognised. ASC accreditation is a standard in the seafood industry that validates the responsible operation of marine farms and the sustainability of their supply.