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This could have ended in tragedy. Don’t put your life on the line fishing on the rocks without a lifejacket. Photo: courtesy of Recfishwest

Friday 12 April 2019

Stay safe and stay off the rocks at Salmon Holes these holidays

With big swells predicted in the next few days at Albany’s Salmon Holes, we are urging fishers to keep the sand between their toes and fish from the beach rather than the treacherous rocks.

But if you do choose to go there, we remind you it is now compulsory to wear type 1 lifejackets on the rocks at Salmon Holes – whether fishing or not.

The introduction of the new rule was part of the State Government's introduction of its compulsory lifejacket trial in January to gauge the effectiveness of wearing of lifejackets in reducing rock fishing fatalities.   

Our Salmon Holes lifejacket trial web page has more information about the trial, the free lifejacket loan scheme and other fishing safety tips.

Since 1983, 13 people have died after being washed off the rocks at the fishing fatality blackspot.

So before heading onto the rocks consider if any fish is worth risking your life for.

You will often have a better chance to catch a hard-fighting western Australian salmon from the beach as the fish begin to school in big numbers at this time of year for their spawning migration up the coast.

For more information about safe fishing visit Recfishwest’s Fish and Survive website.

Last modified: 12/04/2019 11:05 AM

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