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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Friday 18 November 2022

Abalone season dates for 2022-23

Recreational abalone fishing in the West Coast Zone takes place over one-hour sessions on four Saturday mornings between December and February.

This summer, licensed fishers can fish for abalone between 7am and 8am on:

  • Saturday 10 December 2022
  • Saturday 14 January 2023
  • Saturday 4 February 2023
  • Saturday 18 February 2023

Abalone fishing is an extremely popular recreational activity and the safety of fishers and Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) volunteer lifeguards must always be put first.

Given this, DPIRD is provided advice from SLSWA on the predicted sea conditions for each recreational fishing session. If unsafe conditions are forecast an abalone fishing session may be cancelled. This is completed in consultation with Recfishwest.

If a fishing session is cancelled, a replacement session may be added to the end of the season if catches will not exceed the total allowable recreational catch. This session is scheduled for 11 March 2023.

Local sea conditions can vary between fishing locations and fishers must take responsibility for their own safety – at no time should fishers enter the water unless they are confident in their ability to handle the sea conditions.

Safety tips for abalone fishing are available on the SLSWA website.

The total allowable recreational catch is currently between 21 and 25 tonnes in the West Coast Zone. This has been reduced from last season due to increased summer sea surface temperatures (SST) in recent years (Summer SST in 2022 was classified as a moderate marine heatwave).

The number of fishing sessions in the West Coast Zone may also be reduced or extended following in-season monitoring to ensure the recreational catch is consistent with the allowable catch and managed in a sustainable way.

The West Coast Zone extends from Busselton Jetty to the Greenough River mouth and incorporates all islands within the zone including Rottnest, Carnac, Garden and Penguin islands.

Rules relating to abalone fishing including size and bag limits are available on the recreational fishing rules website and published in the Abalone recreational fishing guide.

Last modified: 18/11/2022 12:25 PM

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