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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Wednesday 6 March 2019

West Coast Zone abalone fishing will go ahead for final day of the season

​The replacement fishing day, for one of the 2019 abalone fishing hours cancelled in January because of dangerous ocean conditions, will go ahead this Saturday (9 March) to wrap up the annual West Coast Zone season.

Surf Life Saving WA’s recommendation is to proceed with this Saturday’s fishing between 7am and 8am event based on their surf prediction modelling.

The SLSWA modelling uses the best available information on sea and weather conditions from multiple information sources and rates the risks for factors, such as wind speed, swell, tide and swell period. The modelling for 9 March sets the risk factors in the low to medium range.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Director of Aquatic Resource Management Nathan Harrison said licensed abalone fishers still needed to keep safety in mind.

“We urge fishers planning to take part in the fishing hour this Saturday to assess their own safety and competence for the sea and weather conditions on the day and ensure their water skills, clothing and gear are suitable for abalone fishing,” Mr Harrison said.

“It’s good news that we’ve been able to set up a replacement fishing day and that, as well as abalone, recreational fishing for sea urchins can also occur for the scheduled hour (7-8am).

“This fourth and final day of the season can occur because it is estimated the total catch will not to exceed the sustainable target range of 18 to 22 tonnes.

“Planning for abalone fishing each season is a balance between estimated and actual catches each fishing day and should the total catch potentially be at risk of exceeding the upper limit toward the end of the season a day could potentially be cancelled for sustainability reasons.”

Mr Harrison said at all times safety would be the key priority for the department in determining whether fishing days proceed or not.

“The flexibility of running the fishing sessions on Saturdays in the warmer months of the year puts the safety of recreational fishers first and we must also thank Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) and their clubs for making life savers and equipment available to monitor the fishers," he said.

“It’s also very important that fishers comply with the bag and size limits for abalone. Fisheries officers will be on the job at abalone fishing locations in the West Coast Zone, between the Busselton Jetty and Moore River, to check compliance this Saturday.”

More on abalone fishing rules is available at SLSWA has abalone fishing safety tips at:

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