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Posted by Andy S on March 26, 2008 at 08:05:01:

In Reply to: Dive Report. Vis was more than twice what it was Sunday! posted by Max Bottomtime on March 25, 2008 at 18:27:59:

There is a way to sex abalone but it is not recommended as it involves handling them. I learned this from John McMullen who ran the “Ab Lab” in Pt. Hueneme when they used to raise red abalone brood. I used to provide John with gravid abalone under a valid collectors permit. The gonad (the large crescent shaped organ you can see by lifting up the foot) in females is light yellow/pink and males is gray/tan. When they are gravid, this organ is much larger/swollen compared to when they are not, duh. As with humans but unlike lobsters, the somewhat younger ones(4 –5 inches) breed better.





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