The Abalone Farm breeds their fastest growing abalone with wild abalone they catch with a special license. The main challenge when growing abalone for commercial sale is how very slowly they grow, so choosing the fastest growers to breed is a no-brainer. Crossing them with wild abalone keeps the genetic stock at the farm strong and ensures that the red abalone the farm sells tastes like the real thing.
Think this creature looks like a snail? Abalone are, in fact, sea snails, or, to put it more scientific terms, they are marine gastropod molluscs.