Two abalone fishing sessions left this season

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Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club members will be on patrol in Yanchep Lagoon during tomorrow’s abalone fishing session. Picture: Anita McInnes

ABALONE fishing in the West Coast zone will take place between 7am and 8am tomorrow, with medium to low-risk ratings for weather and ocean conditions.

Based on their surf prediction modelling, Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) has recommended the fishing session should proceed, with caution.

The SLSWA modelling uses the best available information on ocean and weather conditions from multiple information sources and rates a range of risk factors.

Tomorrow the forecast is for medium ratings on rising tide and primary swell and low winds, tending offshore.

Licensed abalone fishers planning to take part in the one-hour session tomorrow need to be confident their skill level in the ocean is suitable for the conditions and also strongly advised to make an individual assessment of the sea and weather conditions on the day and ensure their clothing and gear are suitable.

DPIRD senior management officer Rhiannon Jones said that licensed fishers should always keep in mind that it would never be worth risking your life to collect abalone.

“At all times safety is a key priority in determining whether fishing days proceed or not,” she said.

“Flexibility in 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 for the life savers and equipment they can make available to look after the safety of fishers.”

“The remaining fishing sessions (7 to 8am only) for the WCZ season are currently this Saturday, February 20, plus Saturday, March 13, which is the replacement for the session cancelled due to the Covid lockdown earlier this month.”

“For this fishery to remain sustainable, it’s also vital fishers comply with the bag and size limits for abalone and Fisheries officers from DPIRD will be at abalone fishing locations in the WCZ to check on compliance this Saturday.”

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/

We also urge anyone heading to WA’s beaches at any time to switch on their Sea Sense – check www.sharksmart.com.au or download the new SharkSmart WA app.

The free app for your smartphone combines shark activity information and other valuable beach safety features.