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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Wednesday 3 February 2021

West Coast Zone abalone fishing session cancelled for Saturday 6 February 2021

​Abalone fishing in the West Coast Zone (WCZ) recreational season, originally scheduled for Saturday 6 February 2021, will not go ahead.

A replacement session is being authorised for Saturday 13 March 2021.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) based this decision on the current COVID-19 lockdown area, which encompasses the majority of the WCZ.

Recreational abalone fishing normally occurs between 7am and 8am on a scheduled fishing day, but people should not fish this Saturday morning, 6 February, with the fishing hour closed and fines potentially being applicable.

The next scheduled fishing session will be on Saturday 20 February and an extra fishing hour will take place between 7am and 8am only, on the second Saturday in March, as a replacement for this weekend.

In making the decision to cancel this Saturday’s fishing, DPIRD has consulted with Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA), Recfishwest and WA Police, who all support the cancellation in the current circumstances.

We will be communicating this decision to recreational abalone licence-holders through social media, as well as direct text messaging and email alerts, plus banners at fishing locations.

DPIRD Senior Management Officer Rhiannon Jones has urged fishers to be aware of the cancellation of this Saturday’s fishing hour and to let fellow recreational fishers know.

“The next scheduled fishing session for abalone is just a few weeks away on Saturday 20 February and a replacement fishing hour has been identified for Saturday 13 March. 

“As always, WCZ abalone fishing sessions are subject to the safety risk being assessed and determined as appropriate, based on predictive weather and ocean conditions in the lead up to scheduled fishing,” Ms Jones said.

“Should the current COVID-19 lockdown period end at 6pm this Friday, DPIRD Compliance officers will be out and about on Saturday at abalone fishing locations within the WCZ, to check that no abalone fishing occurs.

“If the lockdown is extended, please be reminded that recreational fishing is not considered a reason to leave your home”.

In the meantime, until the next available abalone fishing session, we urge recreational abalone licence holders to ensure they have the safest fishing gear for taking part in the rest of the season. See SLSWA’s safety tips at: https://www.mybeach.com.au/safety-rescue-services/coastal-recreation/abalone/

Last modified: 3/02/2021 12:49 PM

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