Abalone season starts Saturday

Recfishers are being asked to follow advice from Recfishwest and Surf Life Saving WA. Picture: Anita McInnes

ABALONE can be collected from Yanchep Lagoon and other areas for 1hr on Saturday, December 8.

Recreational fishers must have a valid abalone licence to take part in the 7am to 8am fishing hours on the four specified fishing days, which as well as this Saturday include January 12, February 2 and February 16.

The West Coast zone includes the Perth metropolitan area and runs from Busselton jetty to the mouth of the Moore River.

Areas north of Moore River are closed until further notice.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said fishers were being asked to put their own safety first.

“Abalone may be a highly valuable catch, but no fish is worth risking your life,’’ he said.

“Last year, following our safety changes, the number of rescues were reduced by about 90 per cent and preventative actions were reduced by about 80 per cent – but we want to reduce this even further this season.

“Recfishers are asked to ensure their water skills, clothing and gear is suitable for abalone fishing, and to follow advice from Recfishwest and Surf Life Saving WA.

“About 18,000 recreational abalone fishers are expected to be out fishing over the four specified fishing days, with a bounty of between 18 to 22 tonnes of abalone available for recfishers to sustainably fish.’’