Huge 3kg abalone caught by diver

One of the largest abalone ever caught, weighing nearly three kilograms, was harvested off Port Lincoln recently.

Diver Greg Pickering said the greenlip abalone was the largest he had ever caught.

He was diving for abalone near Thorny Passage when he spotted the enormous mollusc.

At the time it did not strike him as the biggest he had ever caught but the meat weighed in at 1068 grams.

The largest abalone ever caught in the region was caught by Western Abalone general manager Kane Williams, with the meat weighing more than 1.2 kilograms and the total abalone weighing more than 3.5kg.

He said it was hard to put a price on Mr Pickering’s abalone but it would easily fetch hundreds of dollars.

“The prestige of owning one of the largest abalone in the world is hard to put a price on,” Mr Williams said.

Mr Williams said Mr Pickering’s abalone was one of the largest in the world.

“For a greenlip, no doubt (it’s one of the biggest), and among all species of abs it would have to be up there.”