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You require a recreational abalone fishing licence to fish for abalone in the West Coast Zone over the four-hour season on Saturday mornings between December and February.

Friday 14 September 2018

Summer abalone fishing dates announced

​This summer’s West Coast Zone recreational abalone fishing season is due to take place over one-hour sessions on four Saturday mornings between December and February in line with changes implemented last season.

Fishing for the popular shellfish in the West Coast Zone will only be permitted for licensed fishers from 7am to 8am on the following Saturdays:

  • 8 December 2018
  • 12 January 2019
  • 2 February 2019
  • 16 February 2019

The West Coast Zone extends from Busselton Jetty to Moore River and the number of fishing days may be reduced, or extended, if in-season monitoring shows it is necessary to protect stocks or to provide the opportunity to take the recreational sector’s allowable catch (the current total allowable recreational catch is between 18-22 tonnes).

The abalone season for the Southern Zone (extending from Busselton Jetty to the South Australian border) is from 1 October 2018 – 15 May 2019.

Fisher safety continues to be of paramount importance and, if poor weather conditions are forecast, we will take action on the advice of Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA), and in consultation with Recfishwest, to close the fishery.

Local water conditions can vary between fishing locations and you must take responsibility for your own safety – at no time should you enter the water unless you are confident in your ability to handle the sea conditions.

Abalone fishing safety tips are available on the SLSWA website.

For more information see our recreational fishing rules. You can also download our Recreational fishing for abalone guide.

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