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Friday 2 February 2024

Abalone fishing session cancelled for 3 February

This Saturday’s recreational abalone fishing session in the West Coast Zone has been cancelled due to safety concerns.

Recreational abalone fishing was scheduled to be open from 7 am to 8 am this Saturday 3 February, but modelling predicts unsafe conditions could potentially threaten the safety of fishers and volunteer lifeguards.

Cancelling fishing sessions when conditions are forecast to be unsafe is one of the management changes the WA Government made following a safety review triggered by a number of deaths in previous abalone seasons.

The changes were designed to increase safety for recreational fishers and SLSWA lifeguards.

The cancelled fishing session applies to abalone fishing in the West Coast Zone, which extends from Busselton Jetty to Moore River including all islands within the zone.

The next scheduled abalone fishing session in the West Coast Zone is Saturday, 17 February 2024.

A replacement session is currently scheduled to occur from 7 am to 8 am on Saturday, 9 March 2024,. DPIRD will notify recreational fishers in the week following the regularly scheduled sessions if this session is proceeding.

Visit the media statement for more information.

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