As icy Antarctic winds blow the world’s cleanest air overhead, below in the cold, clear waters of the Southern Ocean, lies the most premium quality abalone, Pāua, and sea urchin available. The aquatic wilderness that surrounds the remote islands of Tasmania and New Zealand is some of the most fiercely protected in the world. This protection keeps it safe from pollution, aquatic diseases, and over-fishing. Carefully selected and sustainably hand-harvested, our seafood is a wild taste experience like no other.

Our Story

40,000 BCE

Indigenous Tasmanian and New Zealanders have been hand-harvesting wild shellfish for millenia and centuries.


In Australia meanwhile, Ralph’s Tasmanian Seafood, named after co-founder and prominent Tasmanian businessman Ralph Caccavo, first began exporting live abalone to the world in 1996. He pioneered the pathway to becoming one of the world’s largest supplier to the world of live abalone caught in the wild.


In 2012, Pauco was formed merging Kabco, PCL and Abco to become the premier supplier of New Zealand canned Pāua.


Today, True South Seafood is the leading supplier of premium Tasmanian and New Zealand wild caught live abalone and Pāua, as well as the largest exporter of sea urchin roe from Tasmania.


But in more modern times, it was the grandfather of the New Zealand Pāua industry Jack Chung who founded PCL (Pacific Canaries Ltd) in 1994. In doing so he formed the first bridge to the Hong Kong and Chinese markets.


By 2007 in New Zealand, Kabco (Kaikoura Abalone Company) was established by Geoff Pacey and a number of key Pāua divers to become that country’s leading exporter to Asia.


Then in 2017, PauaCo New Zealand purchased Ralph’s Tasmanian Seafood and merged the name to become RTSPauaCo, before rebranding as True South Seafood in 2020.

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PO Box 64, MargateTasmania 7054, AustraliaT +61 3 6267 9658F +61 3 6267 9873ABN 18 357 973 315

New Zealand

PO Box 19936,Christchurch 8241New ZealandT +64 3 982 3008NZBN 942 903 054 6899