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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Thursday 24 June 2021

Reminder to keep wearing lifejackets at Salmon Holes

​Lifejackets will remain mandatory at Salmon Holes in Torndirrup National Park near Albany after 30 June while future requirements are considered for the rock fishing hotspot.

A review of the Salmon Holes Lifejacket Trial, which spanned three salmon fishing seasons, will commence at the end of the month.

Anyone visiting the area and going onto the rocks, even if they are not fishing, must continue to wear a lifejacket.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) fisheries manager Mark Pagano said the trial was evaluating the effectiveness of using mandatory lifejackets to reduce the incidence of rock fishing fatalities at the known black spot.

“Generally people have taken on board wearing of lifejackets at Salmon Holes, with many fishers also choosing to fish from the beach, rather than the rocks,” Mr Pagano said.

 Keep wearing a lifejacket on the rocks at Salmon Holes

The trial was complemented by the annual “Keep the sand between your toes” campaign by Recfishwest, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development that encouraged people to fish from the magnificent south coast beaches instead of the rocks.

Only 21 infringements (modified penalties) have been issued since the start of the trial.

“It is important to keep up this good work and continue to wear lifejackets to keep people safe at Salmon Holes, while we undertake the review,” Mr Pagano said.

“DBCA rangers will continue to conduct patrols of Salmon Holes to enforce the wearing of lifejackets as part of their Torndirrup National Park patrols, and DPIRD fisheries officers will assist where required.”

The Lifejacket Trial Reference Group in consultation with key stakeholders from the Great Southern will review the trial and provide recommendations to the State Government.

The State Government will consider the Group’s recommendations over the coming months, with a response expected by the end of 2021.

For more information on rock fishing safety, see the safe fishing section of the Recfishwest website:

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