Over the past 30 years, Atlas Pearls an ASX listed company, has become one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of the highly sought-after, white & silver South Sea pearls. Operating across 7 farming locations throughout the South Seas the Company employs more than 1,000 people & harvests up to more than 600,000 pearls each year.
Atlas Pearls commenced farming in 1993 with its’ first farm located in Kupang - East Nusa Tenggara and has since gone on to establish a total of 7 farming sites. These locations stretch from the national parks of East Java and as far east as Alyui Bay, Raja Ampat.
Atlas Pearls operates on the fundamental principles of producing the most valued South Sea pearls through ethical, sustainable, and non-extractive processes whereby each pearl is certified from the source.
Through rigorous breeding programs the company is able to maintain a supply of healthy, genetically managed oyster stocks which can then be transported to different farm sites where they grow into healthy mature oysters ready for pearl production.
The movement of oysters between farm sites also enables stock to be positioned in the best possible conditions for their growth and diversifies the risk of environmental risk factors such as algae and water temperature changes.
With oysters thriving in pristine waters each farm site works tirelessly with staff and the local community to continuously improve and maintain the health of the oceans in which we operate. Through education and active participation in a range of environmental programs sees benefits to both the pearls and local communities.
Working across such great distance relies heavily on the support of our experienced workforce of more than 900 people. Each farming operation requires a dedicated team who work directly with the oysters from seeding, cleaning, maintaining, and harvesting alongside operational staff who perform the roles of security, maintenance, engineering, catering and administration. For many these remote farm site provides invaluable employment and training.
South Sea pearl farming is a delicate balance of nature and nurture as the company continues to strive to supply the best quality pearls to the market whilst leaving a positive environmental footprint.
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