Abalone is a type of large snail in the Haliotidae family that is found all over the world. Haliotis discus discus, Haliotis madaka, Haliotis gigantea and Haliotis diversicolor aquatilis live in the rocky areas on the west coast of the Noto Peninsula. Hegura Island is known for its female divers who catch abalone. It is believed that you can live long if you eat abalone, and the mollusk was presented to the lords of the Maeda family in feudal times. Wajima City has been known for its abalone industry since ancient times. In the 8th century, the famous poet Yakamochi Ôtomo wrote a poem about pearls formed in the shells of abalone from Hegura Island. The pearls were valued as medicine. Abalone from Hegura Island is known as a luxury food item. It has recently come to be known by the brand-name “Wajima abalone caught by female divers”. The Wajima branch of the Ishikawa Prefecture Fishery Cooperative sells steamed abalone.