Welcome to Eastern Zone Abalone Industry Association Inc (EZAIA)

Since 1999 EZAIA has provided an effective, credible and professional voice for its members of the Eastern Zone abalone industry to preserve and maintain the strong environmental stewardship of the resource.

Eastern Zone Abalone

Industry Association (EZAIA)

We are proud that our region has been recognised and the most productive fishing region in Victoria in a recent study carried out by the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Fisheries Research Development Corporation (FRDC). This study highlighted that industry built the communities of Lakes Entrance and Mallacoota. To learn more about this research see Valuing Victoria’s professional fishing: measuring economic and social contributions in Far East Victoria.

Link to full report

Link to summary report for Far East

Black Lip Abalone

(Haliotis rubra)

An Australian species of large edible sea snail from the mollusc family.
Mallacoota East Gippsland, home of the Eastern Zone abalone industry that started in the early 1960s and continues to this day thanks to the responsible management of the resource and industry working with the government.

black lip abalone

Our Vision

To maintain the long history of success for one of the last sustainable wild-catch abalone fisheries in the world.

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The next time you are looking for unique seafood taste experience why not try some beautiful wild-caught abalone. Each one has been hand-harvested by an experienced diver from the depths of the cold pristine waters in one of the Mallacoota reef areas of the Tasman Sea.
Cooking abalone is not as difficult as you might think.

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The Eastern Zone covers the Victorian Coast from Lakes Entrance to Mallacoota