The South African perlemoen is regarded as the most valuable abalone in the world, but the abalone fishery in South Africa is facing a major crisis. With wild abalone populations plummeting due to decades of illegal harvesting, this peculiar sea snail faces commercial extinction.
Researcher Warren Witte is looking into the viability of a new initiative called abalone ranching. This involves taking abalone that have been grown on farms and releasing them back into the sea.
:: Directors: Otto Whitehead & Warren Witte