Rottnest Island Scallops
The ultimate boutique fishery.
In season, you simply cannot buy a fresher, more exquisite, local and sustainable seafood product than the Rottnest Island Scallops (Amusium balloti).
The local fishery for these scallops, One Sea, was named Producer of the Year at the annual Delicious Produce Awards in 2013, a forum for the nation's best producers, growers and harvesters - judged by a panel of eminent chef's and food suppliers.
Established in August 2010, One Sea is the ultimate boutique fishery producer. With just one vessel and one licence it fishes north of Rottnest Island.
One Sea now owns all the entitlements to fish in the Rottnest Island Fishery, allowing them to be the only supplier of Rottnest Island premium seafood - ensuring the same consistency throughout the season.
These premium Scallops will only be harvested when the condition is at its optimum for supplying fresh to the market, traditionally from March to October.
The sustainability of the fishery is their paramount concern, which is why every year they work in partnership with scientists from the Department of Fisheries to survey the stock (several times), making sure it is at optimum quality before opening the season, and then continue monitoring during the season.
The Fishery have invested in many areas to ensure they are being environmentally friendly. They made a significant investment in the most technically advanced, low resistance nets that reduce drag and cut the rate of non-target species capture by an estimated 50%. This drag reduction also reduces their fuel consumption, helping to cut their their carbon footprint. One state-of-the art net costs $6,000 as opposed to $1,600 per traditional net. They also fitted the nets with fish escape panels that allow non-target species to swim out.
When fishing, the skipper and crew return each fishing day early in the morning to Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour to hand over their harvest for processing. All of the harvest is landed within 24 hours of being caught. It is consolidated at our warehouse within just 3 hours of landing and is distributed that day!
We started this concept with a vision to brand the harvest by region and season, treat it like treasure and deliver it fresh, on the same day it’s landed. You simply can’t buy fresher, more local and sustainable seafood in the Perth area.