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Wednesday 8 January 2020

West Coast Zone abalone fishing to go ahead this Saturday

​Recreational fishing for abalone in the West Coast Zone (WCZ) will take place between 7am and 8am this Saturday, with low to medium risks placed on weather and ocean conditions.

Based on their surf prediction modelling, Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) has recommended the fishing hour should go ahead on 11 January.

The SLSWA modelling uses the best available information on ocean and weather conditions from multiple information sources and rates the risks for factors, such as wind speed, swell, tide and swell period.
 
Licensed abalone fishers planning to take part in the fishing hour this Saturday are still reminded to make an individual assessment of the sea and weather conditions on the day and ensure their water skills, clothing and gear are suitable for abalone fishing.

The total catch for the season will be managed so they are within the sustainable target reference levels of 18 to 22 tonnes.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Senior Management Officer Rhiannon Jones said that licensed fishers should always keep in mind that no abalone catch was ever worth risking a life for.

“At all times safety is the department’s key priority in determining whether fishing days proceed or not,” Ms Jones said. “Flexibility in running fishing sessions on Saturdays in the warmer months of the year puts the safety of recreational fishers first and we must also thank SLSWA and their clubs for making life savers and equipment available to ensure the safety of fishers.

“The remaining fishing hours (7 to 8am only) for the WCZ season are currently this Saturday 11 January, then on two more Saturdays in February – the 1st and the 15th.

“For this fishery to remain sustainable, it’s also vital fishers comply with the bag and size limits for abalone and DPIRD Fisheries Officers will be at abalone fishing locations in the WCZ to check compliance on Saturday.”

More on abalone fishing rules is available at www.fish.wa.gov.au. SLSWA has abalone fishing safety tips at: https://www.mybeach.com.au/safety-rescue-services/coastal-recreation/abalone/

We urge anyone heading to WA’s beaches at any time to switch on their Sea Sense – check www.sharksmart.com.au or download the new SharkSmart WA app. The app combines shark activity information, beach safety features such as Surf Life Saving WA patrolled beaches and weather forecast, to help people plan their trips to the ocean.

The SharkSmart WA app is available free from Google Play or the App Store.

Last modified: 8/01/2020 3:24 PM

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