Abalone fishing this Saturday has a medium risk rating

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SLSWA lifesavers will be monitoring the abalone fishing on Saturday, but fishers are being advised to not take risks beyond their skill level in the water and on the reefs. Picture: Anita McInnes

ABALONE fishing in the West Coast zone between Moore River and the Busselton jetty is going ahead on Saturday with a medium risk rating due to the amount of water likely to be pushing across reef platforms a key concern.

Fishing for abalone will be allowed for licensed fishers between 7am and 8am.

Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) modelling shows conditions are expected to be favourable with a swell period of 11-12 seconds and waves expected to be breaking at near 1-1.5m height in most locations particularly outside of the central metro area.

But a Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) statement said the amount of water likely to be pushing across reef platforms remained a key concern.

“Reef holes and drop offs can be hazardous for those with low swimming capabilities and fishers are also encouraged to wear appropriate clothing when collecting the abalone,’’ the statement said.

DPIRD senior management officer Nick Blay said personal safety should always be the focus of abalone fishers.

Mr Blay said SLSWA lifesavers would be monitoring the abalone fishing on Saturday, but each fisher must not take risks beyond their skill level in the water and on the reefs.

“DPIRD Compliance officers will again be at WCZ abalone fishing locations this Saturday, to check fishers have the required licence and are complying with the rules,’’ he said.

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/

Anyone heading to WA’s beaches at any time are urged to switch on their Sea Sense – check www.sharksmart.com.au or download the SharkSmart WA app

The app combines latest shark activity, as well as beach safety features such as Surf Life Saving WA patrolled beaches and weather forecasts, to help people plan their trips to the ocean.