Final abalone fishing day a success

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Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club members on patrol at Yanchep Lagoon for the final fishing day of the abalone season. Picture: Anita McInnes

ABALONE fishers at Yanchep Lagoon took advantage of the final fishing day for this season on Saturday, March 9.

One abalone fisherman told Yanchep News Online that the drizzling weather had not spoilt the final fishing hour for fishers in the west coast zone.

He said the water was warm and he had collected his quota easily.

The replacement fishing day was held after a day was cancelled in January because of dangerous ocean conditions.

After the final hour of abalone fishing was over Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) tweeted that between Yanchep and Penguin Island there had been two rescues, two first aid actions and one preventative action carried out.

As they have been every fishing day during the abalone season Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club and Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue members were in attendance.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development aquatic resource management director Nathan Harrison said during the 7am to 8am timeslot recreational fishing for sea urchins had also been allowed.

Mr Harrison said the fourth and final day of the season had been allowed as it had been estimated the total catch would not exceed the sustainable target range of 18 tonnes to 22 tonnes.

“Planning for abalone fishing each season is a balance between estimated and actual catches each fishing day and should the total catch potentially be at risk of exceeding the upper limit toward the end of the season a day could potentially be cancelled for sustainability reasons,’’ he said.”

“The flexibility of running fishing sessions on Saturdays in the warmer months of the year puts the safety of recreational fishers first and we must also thank SLSWA and their clubs for making life savers and equipment available to monitor the fishers.

He said fisheries officers had been on the job at abalone fishing locations in the west coast cone, between the Busselton jetty and Moore River, to check compliance.