Catch! - Recreational fishing news from DPIRD Fisheries, Western Australia
Issue No.55 (special edition), February 2021

Abalone fishing to go ahead this weekend

Recreational abalone fishers on a reef

Our next scheduled abalone fishing day for the West Coast Zone (WCZ) is due to take place from 7am to 8am tomorrow morning.

Based on predictive modelling from Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA), there is a medium risk rating so fishing will proceed with caution. For more on the expected conditions, click here

We want everyone to stay safe, so:

  • Take note of the number of any BEN signs in the area.
  • Fish at a patrolled beach if possible, to get the most current patrol locations please check the SLSWA Twitter page.
  • Study the waves before you get into the water and keep an eye on the swell while fishing – it is easy to be injured on reefs.
  • Wear protective footwear and a wetsuit or light clothing that will not become too heavy when wet.
  • If you are unsure whether conditions are too rough, don’t go in.

If you are heading out fishing for abalone in WCZ tomorrow, make sure you know the rules. The maximum number of abalone you can have in your possession (bag limit) in the WCZ is 15 Roe’s abalone per fisher, and five greenlip or brownlip abalone (combined). Check the fishing rules for abalone and other species online.

Due to the cancellation of the session on 6 February, a replacement date has been added for Saturday 13 March 2021. As with all recreational abalone fishing sessions, this is subject to any COVID-19 restrictions and SLSWA recommendations on weather and sea conditions.

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