Research & Development

HIK Abalone Farm prides itself on being an industry leader in conducting and facilitating research on abalone (Haliotis midae) and other species. Our continued research efforts have led to vast improvements in the productivity, efficiency and sustainability of abalone farming in South Africa. Identification of other potential aquaculture species is a major research priority, and supports our strategic diversification objectives. HIK and its subsidiary companies maintain excellent relationships with academic institutions throughout southern Africa and strongly promote the interaction between industry and aspiring young scientists in the field of aquaculture research. This allows us to achieve broader development goals such as capacity building within the aquaculture industry, while simultaneously improving production techniques.

Our abalone research focus areas include: production techniques, water quality and re-use, diet performance and sustainability, reproductive biology of farmed abalone, and abalone genetics.

Other species identified as key focus areas include: Kob (Argyrosomus japonicus) and sea cucumber (Holothuria scabra).

Links to student theses:

Mike Gray
Morphometrics and reproduction of Terebrasabella heterouncinata (Polychaeta: Sabellidae), infesting abalone (Haliotis midae) from different culture environments
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Rowan Yearsley
Water quality, abalone growth and the potential for integrated mariculture on a South African Abalone (Haliotis midae L.) farm
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Matthew Naylor
Water quality dynamics in an experimental serial-use raceway and its effect on growth of South African abalone, Haliotis midae
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Adelle Visser-Roux
Reproduction of the South African abalone, Haliotis midae
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Paul Collet
Toward the development of a rearing protocol for juvenile dusky kob, Argyrosomus japonicus (Pisces: Sciaenidae)
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