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View from the beach of abalone fishers in wetsuits diving on a nearby reef

Recreational abalone fishing season changes, including summer season dates and Saturday fishing, have been designed to help improve safety for abalone licence holders.

Saturday 28 October 2017

Summer season change for abalone

​A number of changes have been made to the 2017/18 recreational abalone fishing season to improve fisher safety and assist stock sustainability.

Following consultation with Recfishwest and Surf Life Saving WA , this season’s fishing days have been changed to run over the summer months to reduce the risk of rough weather conditions.

Recreational abalone fishing days in the West Coast Zone - from Moore River to Busselton Jetty, including Perth metropolitan waters - will also move to Saturdays.

Fishing can take place between 7 am and 8 am on the following four days:

  • Saturday 9 December 2017;
  • Saturday 13 January 2018;
  • Saturday 3 February 2018; and
  • Saturday 17 February 2018.

In the event that severe weather conditions are forecast, we will take action on the advice of local councils, SLSWA and Recfishwest to close the fishery.

The season may be reduced or extended to ensure the total recreational catch of abalone (Roe's and greenlip/brownlip) is within the target range of 18-22 tonnes.

Anyone who has information on illegal fishing activities is asked to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.

For more information download our Recreational fishing for abalone guide or visit www.fish.wa.gov.au/rules. Licences can be purchased online.

Last modified: 29/10/2017 2:12 PM

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