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​  Stay safe and stick to the rules

Wednesday 9 December 2020

West Coast Zone abalone fishing season to start this Saturday

​The West Coast Zone (WCZ) recreational fishing season for abalone will begin this Saturday for licence-holders, with low to medium risks placed on weather and ocean conditions for fishing between 7am and 8am.

Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) surf prediction modelling recommends the fishing hour should go ahead on 12 December.

The 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.
 
Licensed abalone fishers who plan to take part in this Saturday’s fishing hour in the WCZ between Moore River and the Busselton Jetty will still need to make their own evaluation of the sea and weather conditions on the day to ensure they have water skills to manage them. It is very important that participants also have suitable clothing and gear for abalone fishing.

A higher sustainable recreational catch target range of 28 to 32 tonnes has been set for the 2020/21 season, due to improved abalone stocks off the Perth coast.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Senior Management Officer Rhiannon Jones said fishers should heed the safety messages and not rush out on to the reefs to collect their abalone.

“The improved stock levels mean there will be enough abalone there for fishers and they should always keep in mind that no fishing catch is worth risking a life for,” Ms Jones said.

“At all times safety is a key priority for the department and we thank the SLSWA volunteers who monitor the abalone fishing hours to focus on the safety of fishers.”

“Another benefit of the recovery of stocks to pre-marine heatwave levels will be an extra fishing hour this season on a designated Saturday. Apart from this Saturday December 12, fishing from 7am and 8am can also take place on January 9, January 23, February 6 and February 20.

“For this resource to continue to be sustainable, it is vital recreational fishers comply with the bag and size limits for abalone. DPIRD Compliance officers will be at abalone fishing locations within the WCZ, to check compliance this Saturday and throughout the rest of the season.”

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/

We urge anyone heading to WA’s beaches at any time to switch on their Sea Sense – check www.sharksmart.com.au or download the SharkSmart WA app. The app combines latest shark activity, as well as beach safety features such as Surf Life Saving WA patrolled beaches and weather forecasts, to help people plan their trips to the ocean.

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