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​Follow the abalone fishing rules
Wednesday 29 January 2020

Enjoy another West Coast Zone abalone fishing session this Saturday

Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) has recommend that recreational fishing for abalone in the West Coast Zone (WCZ) should go ahead this Saturday, because weather and ocean conditions are likely to present low to medium safety risks for the season’s third one hour fishing session.

Fishing will only be allowed between 7am and 8am.

However, in similar conditions when fishing was held on 11 January, it took much less than an hour for experienced recreational fishers to get their bag limit – with many of them beginning to leave the beaches at around 7.30 am.

For its surf prediction modelling, SLSWA modelling uses the best available information on ocean and weather conditions from multiple information sources and rates the risks for factors, such as wind speed, swell, tide and swell period.

It’s important to note that fishing is allowed between Moore River at Guilderton, north of Perth, and the Busselton Jetty in the south, which covers more than 275 kilometres of coastline, so sea and weather conditions on the day can vary between fishing locations.  

Fishers always need to make an individual assessment of the conditions where they’re fishing, as well as ensuring their water skills, clothing and gear are suitable for abalone fishing.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Senior Management Officer Rhiannon Jones said, even when risk level has been assessed as low to medium, fishers should not be complacent about their personal safety. 

“SLSWA and its clubs would have life savers and equipment available to watch over the safety of fishers this Saturday and fisheries compliance officers from DPIRD would also be checking out abalone fishing spots to make sure fishers have a valid licence and follow the rules,” Ms Jones said.

“For this fishery to remain sustainable, it’s important that fishers comply with the bag and size limits and other rules that apply in the West Coast Zone abalone fishery.

“Adhering to the limited season and other management controls is important to ensuring future generations can enjoy this unique Western Australian recreational fishing experience.”

More on abalone fishing rules is available at www.fish.wa.gov.au. SLSWA has abalone fishing safety tips at: https://www.mybeach.com.au/safety-rescue-services/coastal-recreation/abalone/ and, to help you switch on your Sea Sense, download the new SharkSmart WA app.

The app combines shark activity information, beach safety features such as Surf Life Saving WA patrolled beaches and weather forecasts, to help people plan their trips to the ocean.

Media contact:
Ashley Malone, DPIRD media liaison - mobile 0418 901 767

Last modified: 12/02/2020 1:04 PM

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