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Take special care and don’t create risks for other beach users when fishing for salmon this season.

Thursday 15 March 2018

When the salmon show up this year – think safety first

​Western Australia’s autumn salmon run is almost here and water users are urged to take care.

Schools of salmon are commonly spotted, between early-mid March and late April, along the sheltered bays and rocky headlands of the South and West coasts.

While the annual event is keenly anticipated by recreational fishers, the schools of fish can also attract larger predators, including dolphins, seals, sea lions and a range of shark species.

Fishers should be aware that it’s safer to fish for salmon from the beach, rather than coastal rocks. However, if fishers do decide to fish from rock ledges and coastal outcrops they should take additional precautions, including using life jackets and adhering to local warnings.

Fishers are also encouraged to 'bleed their catch' away from the water’s edge and dispose of all fish waste (including bait and salmon frames) responsibly to ensure beach areas are kept clean and avoid attracting larger marine predators.

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