NATIONAL RESIDUE SUVERY FOR ABALONE 2017-2018 RESULT

Southern Ocean Mariculture has always been proud of its production of clean, green abalone products. To help verify this claim we conduct annual tests through the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources National Residue Survey on the residual levels in our abalone of the full spectrum of antibiotics.  The results showed that our abalone samples did not have any antibiotics in their flesh and this is because we never use antibiotics in our farming process. These results are to give assurance to all of our customers that we are indeed clean and green!

The results of the survey for 2017-2018 are detailed below:

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OCEAN ROAD 130g 6PC CANNED ABALONE IS ON SALE!

Ocean Road canned abalone is now on sale! Buy three cans of 130g 6pc abalone for just $99 including free shipping. Promotion ends on 30th Sep, 2018 unless stock sold out prior.

Canned Abalone Recipe - Abalone and Scallops Served In A Scallop and Herb Sauce

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

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  • 1 can of 4 piece abalone (213g drained weight)
  • 8 raw whole scallops, separate the roe and mantle from the meat
  • 1 onion finely diced             
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped Italian Parsley         
  • 50ml white wine   
  • 50g unsalted butter

METHOD

Preparation of the Sauce

  • Melt the butter in a pan on a low heat                
  • Sweat the onion       
  • Brown the scallop roe and mantle in the same pan
  • Add the wine and reduce to 1/5th (10ml)
  • Add the juice from the canned abalone and bring to the boil then
  • Sieve the solids from the liquid and return the liquid to a clean pan and reduce until the sauce is the desired consistency or clings to a spoon
  • Turn off the heat and then add the mint and parsley, the sauce is then ready to serve.

Preparation of the Scallops

  • Pat dry the scallop meat with paper towel
  • Season the meat with sea salt and white pepper
  • Brown each side of the scallop until golden using a high heat
  • Set aside for serving

Preparation of the abalone meat

  • Place abalone into a zip lock bag and seal
  • Boil a pan of water, turn off the heat and then place the bag of abalone in the water for up to 5 minutes or until the abalone is warmed through.

To serve

  • Put one abalone to 2 scallops per plate
  • Pour over the sauce to serve

Note:

  1. This recipe can be modified for use of different numbers of abalone per can, e.g. An 8 piece can may be used and then 2 abalone served with 2 scallops per plate.
  2. Preparation of the scallops and abalone to take place during step 6 of the sauce preparation to ensure they are still warm when serving.
  3. To make this an Asian recipe, substitute the herbs for Vietnamese mint and coriander. Sweat 1 clove of garlic with the onion.

Abalone Farm Expansion Works Now Complete

The expansion works at Southern Ocean Mariculture that will see an increase in abalone production from 75 tons per annum to a farm with 110-ton capacity, are now complete.
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The first stage which saw the construction of 12 building structures covering 6912 square meters was completed in early January 2018.  These structures contain an additional 96 tanks that will accommodate the abalone in their final period of growth to maturity.  Stage 1 took almost 2 years to complete through the efforts of both external contractors and Southern Ocean Mariculture’s own staff.
Stage 2 of the expansion works which over the past few months has been running in conjunction with the Stage 1 works, is also now complete.  Stage 2 has seen the construction by Southern Ocean Mariculture’s staff, of an additional 19 tanks to house the abalone during their second period of development.
The expansion project demonstrates confidence in the abalone farming business, and provides economic growth to the South West of Victoria through increased sales income and the employment of additional staff
 T he production staff resettling juvenile abalone into these new tanks

The production staff resettling juvenile abalone into these new tanks

 T he completed Stage 2 tanks

The completed Stage 2 tanks

Abalone Experience

The Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC and Mr Anthony Howard QC visited Southern Ocean Mariculture on 7 March 2018 as part of their visit to the Port Fairy region and saw first-hand the processes involved in on-shore abalone farming.
The guests were appraised of the history and growth of the business since its inception 22 years ago.   Mark Gervis, General Manager, advised that Southern Ocean Mariculture has invested heavily in recent years in expanding its production capacity on the back of strong world-wide demand for abalone, with the Southern Ocean Mariculture produced “Ocean Road Abalone” branded farmed product being in particular demand for its clean, green and highly regarded export product.
Mr. Gervis advised that 75% of the production was sold to the export market of mainly Asian countries in either cans or vacuum-packed pouches that are processed within the region at a cannery in Portland.  The remaining 25% of product is sold directly into the Sydney market or via the Ocean Road Abalone web-site.   
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Ocean Road Abalone Farm Interview

We take you to view the farm site of Ocean Road Abalone where we use pristine water from the Southern Ocean to farm our unique Tiger abalone. We show you the abalone growing process. Finally we demonstrate how quick and easy it is to enjoy our abalone.

What Does Abalone Taste Like?

Taste depends on a number of factors the abalone species, size, what they eat and how the abalone are prepared. This article uses the Australian abalone species as an example to provide you a general view of abalone taste.

Abalone species – The texture of Greenlip abalone is more tender than Blacklip abalone. Tiger abalone which is a cross between the Greenlip and Blacklip species has a texture between these two species.
Size - Bigger abalone generally have a firmer texture than smaller abalone as the bigger abalone have formed firmer flesh, much in the same way as other animals such as the difference between mutton and lamb.
Abalone diet – abalone grown in the ocean has a stronger sea taste as the abalone feed on natural algae which passes on the weed flavour into the abalone. Some people love it, but some people find the flavour too strong. Farmed abalone has a more delicate flavour which most people find enjoyable.
Cooking method– the taste between canned, dried, fresh, frozen and vacuum packed abalone are very different. Unlike sashimi, fresh and frozen abalone have a crunchy texture when eaten raw. It is hard to describe how abalone tastes after cooking as it is a very unique taste, but the flavour is similar to scallop and the texture is tender if cooked well. It tastes rubbery if overcooked. Canned abalone has been pre-cooked in the cans and can be eaten straight away. Chefs like to cook it further to lift up the texture and add in their own creative recipes to enhance the flavour. Dried abalone take a long time to prepare and cook, the best taste is called “sugar heart” which melts in your mouth.

Vacuum packed abalone is a cross between fresh abalone and canned abalone. In other words, it’s a ready to eat product, but you can really taste the freshness of abalone because there is nothing added during the cooking process. It is a better gift idea due to its convenience and good taste. Ocean Road prime abalone which is packed from 3 to 4 year-old abalone provide you with an optimum texture and flavour which we strongly recommend you to try. 

 

Premium abalone gift for Chinese New Year

One of the most popular gifts for Chinese New Year is abalone as the shape of abalone looks like a Jin-yuan-bao which is a gold ingot used for trade in ancient China. It is symbolic that eating abalone brings good luck and good health. As it is considered a delicacy, abalone is normally consumed on special occasions and celebrations such as Chinese New Year, birthdays and weddings etc.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, we have 5pc Prime Abalone on sale 2 packs for only $109 including free shipping. Ocean Road Prime abalone is 100% natural, cooked in its own juice, which provides you a more refined and fresh taste. If you like our canned abalone, you will definitely like our Prime abalone even more. Why not spoil yourself or your family with this special and tasty abalone gift!
Promotion ends on 15/2/2018 unless stock sold out prior.

TAKE2 SUSTAINABILITY VICTORIA

The Victorian Government has set a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and launched TAKE2, a voluntary pledge program involving interested parties prepared to take action on climate change with the aim of keeping global temperature rise to under 2 degrees.
Southern Ocean Mariculture joined the TAKE2 campaign as a founding partner on its inception in June 2016.  We have made our pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are committed to take action to help achieve the collective goal.
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Expansion at Southern Ocean Mariculture

Southern Ocean Mariculture is currently mid-way through its capital expansion program which will see an increase in abalone production from the current 75 tons to a farm with 110-ton capacity.
The expansion has been approximately 18 months in the planning phase, with capital requirements; construction specifications and timeframes; and stock levels having to be carefully built up to fill these new tanks when they are built.
The major single component of the works has been the laying of the concrete slabs for the 96 abalone tanks that make up the expansion.  The concrete works commenced before Christmas 2016 and are now approximately 90% complete.  Southern Ocean Mariculture maintenance staff are undertaking all remaining works which include erecting the buildings; connecting and fitting the necessary pipework, building settlement ponds and the installation of all other farm equipment.
The maintenance staff can be seen here completing the first 24 tanks, which will allow the production staff to relocate the additional stock that had been planned for as part of this expansion project.  It is expected that all 96 tanks will be fully operational by December 2017.

A Clean Green Abalone Product

Southern Ocean Mariculture has always been proud of its production of clean, green abalone products. To help verify this claim we conduct annual tests through the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources National Residue Survey on the residual levels in our abalone of the full spectrum of antibiotics.  The results showed that our abalone samples did not have any antibiotics in their flesh and this is because we never use antibiotics in our farming process. These results are to give assurance to all of our customers that we are indeed clean and green!
The results of the survey are detailed below:

Ocean Road 4pc canned abalone is on sale!

Ocean Road canned abalone is now on sale! Buy two cans of 4pc abalone for just $99 including free shipping. Promotion ends on 31st Aug, 2017 unless stock sold out prior.
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SOUTHERN OCEAN MARICULTURE (SOM) NEW OFFICE BUILDING OPENING

Our new office building was officially opened on 3rd August, 2016. This is a milestone representing the long term commitment and confidence in abalone farming and in the growth that we are planning over the next two years. SOM is expecting to grow the farm from a 75-ton to a 110-ton farm with the resulting growth in both direct and indirect jobs and in our capacity to serve our loyal customers.
The new building floorplan includes:
(i)   a fully-equipped meeting room;
(ii)  a quarantine area for guest entry;
(iii) a large lunch room for staff to relax and re-energise;
(iv) offices for all current and future management personnel;
(v)  a large storage/loading area and plenty of space for car parks.
We believe that this new building speaks to the professionalism that we have always tried to follow and should hold us in good stead for many years to come. 
A special thanks to all the people who have supported us through this journey, especially our customers.

The Hon. Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, conducted the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

SOM's new office building

10% discount offer at Australian Produce Stores for Ocean Road abalone

Print the coupon below and present it to all Australian Produce Stores located in the major Australian airports to receive a 10% discount for Ocean Road Prime Abalone gifts. Promotion will end on 31/3/2016.
Bring this prestige abalone gift from Australia to your family, business friends and people you care for, it is garanteed that they will be delighted and enjoy this ocean delicacy.

Trade Show - Fine Food Australia 2015

As a valued client of ours, we would like to invite you to visit us at Fine Food Australia 2015. You will be able to talk to us one-on-one, ask questions about our products and services and discuss the needs of your business.                                                                               
DAYS: SUN 20 - WED 23 SEPT 2015
VENUE: SYDNEY SHOWGROUND, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK         STAND NUMBER: SG25
Simply register online for free entry using promo code TASTE to save the $30 door charge.
Fine Food Australia is the industry’s most influential gathering for the foodservice, hospitality and retail industries, with four days of networking, innovation and industry insights. Connect with like-minded food professionals at this trade-only event – discover new efficiencies and opportunities that will help drive your business forward.

Abalone Recipes

James Chapman, a passionate foodie who has worked in a number of restaurants/cafés in South Western Victoria, has created three beautiful abalone recipes using Ocean Road Prime Abalone. The Abalone ‘Asian Fusion’ Salad is a simple and delicious salad recipe. It can be used as a starter as well as a sharing dish. It is so easy to make and it's refreshing and flavorsome. The Abalone Stir-fry is a dish which can be prepared in no time using everyday ingredients - our tasty abalone and shitake mushrooms mixed in with rice noodles.  Fresh basil give the dish a nice lift and top it off by drizzling some soy sauce over the top… yum! Our Abalone Risotto is a dish of texture and flavour.  The crispy pancetta works well with the creaminess of the risotto, topped off with the succulent velvet texture of our abalone.  Whether you are an accomplished cook or you just stick to the basics, this is a dish worth adding to your repertoire.
Tips: The Ocean Road Prime Abalone is pre-cooked, and once removed from the pack, can be eaten straight away. It is versatile to use in creating different styles of dishes. The videos can be viewed from YouTube or from our website.
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How to Choose Canned Abalone

Selecting canned abalone to buy can be challenging as there are so many different brands on the shelves and the prices are all over the place. Quite often the labels are designed for wholesale markets, thus the information may not be sufficient for the consumers.
There are a few items below you may consider when choosing a canned abalone.
  • Is further cooking required? Canned Abalone with Brine (salt & water) is lighter and it is good to use for creating dishes such as stir fry or soups. Canned Abalone with Sauce is seasoned, and is designed to be eaten straight away simply heating up before serving and adding to your favourite vegetables.    
  • Abalone grades differ from 1 whole piece to 14 piece or more in a can. In the larger abalone range from 1-3 pieces there can also be cut pieces such as 1 1/2 pieces. So the choice of the number of pieces to buy depends on how you would like to serve the abalone and to how many people. Some companies’ grades are not as good as others and you can end up with varying sizes in a can.
  • Always look for the Drained Weight instead of Net Weight for abalone volume in a can, this is generally what will determine price as this is how much actual abalone is contained in the can. For instance cans with a net weight of 425g can have a drained weight varying from about 50g-220g.
  • Country of origin- Japan, Mexico, Australia, South Africa are highly regarded in producing quality abalone product. As the abalone species produced in each country are different, the appearance and taste are quite different too. For instance, the taste of Australian abalone is more delicate and subtle whereas abalone from South Africa is firmer and has stronger sea flavour.
Generally speaking, the Country of origin, abalone drained weight and grade determine price. In addition, different processors have different recipes creating different results of flavour and texture. In the end, it all comes down to an individual preference of what they like. For instance, Ocean Road canned abalone has a more natural taste as we insist on using very few and very low levels of chemicals which allow us to stabilize the product while maintaining the freshness and taste.

Australian Made Licensee

We are proud to announce that Southern Ocean Mariculture is registered with the Australian Made, Australian Grown Campaign and is licensed to use the Australian Made, Australian Grown Logo on our Ocean Road Prime Abalone line of products.
This symbolic green triangle with a gold kangaroo is easily recognisable. Since it launched in 1986, the logo has become the most trusted country-of-origin mark, giving consumers confidence that a product is Australian.
The logo carries the descriptor “Australian Seafood” for our Ocean Road Prime Abalone products. It signifies that all our abalone used in the packs are grown and harvested in Australia and all processing is carried out in Australia. The Australian Made logo for fresh or packaged food assists the consumer in identifying products which are known for the quality, freshness and high food safety standards that come with being Australian Made.

SOM New Pump

As part of our drive for increased energy efficiency SOM has just installed a brand new pump. This is much larger pump than our current pumps but still uses the same size motor to drive it. This pump should deliver 400 litres per second compared to the 180 litres per second being achieved currently. This project is just one of a number of projects aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of our farm.


Brendan Fitzgibbon in front of the newly installed pumpset.