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An abalone fisher carries his catch along the beach
Thursday 26 September 2019

Do you know this summer’s abalone West Coast Zone fishing days?

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 14 December
Saturday 11 January
Saturday 1 February
Saturday 15 February.

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, SLSWA advises the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development of the predicted sea conditions for each recreational fishing day. If unsafe conditions are forecast, an abalone fishing day may be cancelled. The decision to cancel a fishing day for safety reasons is made in consultation with Recfishwest. 

If a fishing day is cancelled, a replacement day may be added to the end of the season provided it will not make catches exceed the total allowable recreational catch.

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 and in the Abalone recreational fishing guide.

The number of fishing days 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 total allowable recreational catch is currently between 18 and 22 tonnes in the West Coast Zone. This was set following a decrease in the number of juvenile Roe’s abalone after the 2010/11 marine heatwave.
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: 22/11/2019 10:24 AM

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