skip to content
Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

​Abalone fishers are expected to hit the water in big numbers again this season, and safety is paramount.

Monday 3 December 2018

Recfishers are reminded to heed safety advice throughout the abalone season

​With the abalone season set to kick off this Saturday for one hour’s fishing between 7am and 8am, recfishers are reminded to ensure their water skills, clothing and gear are suitable for abalone fishing, and to follow advice from Recfishwest and Surf Life Saving WA.

Safety changes implemented last year reduced rescues by 90 per cent, with five rescues last season compared with 49 the season before. The season’s fishing days now occur over summer to reduce the likelihood of encountering bad weather, with the additional ability to cancel and reschedule a fishing day if necessary.

Having that flexibility and running the fishing sessions on Saturdays puts recfishers’ safety first, with the necessary support from Surf Life Saving WA and their clubs available to monitor fishers.

The number of preventative actions, such as directing people to the correct entry points and away from potential danger areas, was also dramatically reduced by about 80 per cent - from 991 in 2016-17 down to only 206 for the 2017-18 season.

Recreational fishers must have a valid abalone licence to take part in the 7am to 8am fishing hours on the four specified fishing days - December 8, 2018; January 12, 2019; February 2, 2019; and February 16, 2019.

The West Coast Zone includes the Perth metropolitan area and runs from Busselton Jetty to the mouth of the Moore River. Areas north of Moore River are closed until further notice.


Last modified: 3/12/2018 3:50 PM

© All contents copyright Government of Western Australia. All rights reserved. ABN: 18 951 343 745


© This work is copyright. You may display, print or reproduce this material only in an unaltered format for your personal or non-commercial use, or for use within your organisation. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, all other rights are reserved.


The information and advice provided by the Department of Fisheries website is made in good faith and is from sources believed to be reliable and accurate at the time of release onto the website. Changes in circumstances after a document is placed on the website may affect the accuracy of the information. Full disclaimer details are available at