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Monday 16 October 2017

Season changes to help improve abalone fisher safety

​New measures are being employed to improve fishing safety for Western Australia’s unique West Coast Zone recreational abalone fishery.

Following consultation with Recfishwest and Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA), this season’s fishing days will now be run over the summer months to reduce the risk of rough weather conditions. Fishing will also be shifted to Saturdays, rather than Sundays as in past years.
There will be four fishing windows, between 7 am and 8 am only, on the specified Saturdays, with the first on 9 December 2017, the second on 13 January 2018, the third on 3 February and the final one on 17 February. 
However, if severe weather conditions are forecast, the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development will take action on the advice of local councils, SLSWA and Recfishwest to close the fishery. 
Almost 18,000 licences are issued annually in this highly-valued fishery, based on Roe’s abalone, on Perth’s doorstep. Licences can be purchased online.
The recreational abalone catch will be closely monitored throughout the season to ensure the fishery’s sustainability, with options to reduce, or extend, the number of fishing days to keep the catch within the 18-22 tonne range.
Download our Recreational fishing for abalone guide for more information or visit



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