Blue Mother of Pearl
New Zealand Paua or Abalone - Haliotis Iris
(Paua pronounced Pa-waa)
Ocean Shell have been New Zealand's Primary Paua shell exporters for 25 years.
Around 200 tonnes of shell is processed annually, 80% plus of New Zealands Paua shell harvest.
Paua Shell is supplied graded on quality, size, thickness and colour.
- - Container 20' up to 14,000 KG
- - LCL on Pallets, minimum 300 KG
- - Courier, no minimum
Paua is a species of abalone found only in seas around New Zealand. This marine mollusc eats seaweed and clings to rocks at depths of 1-10 metres along the coast. Paua is the most colourful of all the abalone shells, the dominant blue/green colours vary, with pink to crimson and purple tonings.
Although harvested from the wild it is managed by the government under a quota system.
All Paua shell is dried, graded and packed at our Riverton factory. All Paua shell from the New Zealand mainland area of Stewart Island, Southland/South Otago, Kaikoura, Marlborough and Wairarapa in the North Island is graded separately to the Chatham Islands shell..
Chatham Island shell is softer shell, with the backside having more lime coating and wormhole but the colour is a stronger blue on average than mainland NZ Paua Shell.
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New Zealand Mainland Shells
Chatham Island Shell
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