As part of Operation Clearview, Fisheries compliance officers will be targeting illegal abalone fishing when the season kicks off on 8 December to ensure the sustainability of this important resource.
In keeping with the changes that were introduced prior to last season, the season this year will run for one hour, from 7.00am to 8.00am, on the following four Saturdays:
- 8 December
- 12 January
- 2 February
- 16 February
Any fishing in the West Coast Zone outside of these times is illegal, and offenders may face fines of up to $40,000 or four years’ imprisonment, as well as forfeiture of vessels, vehicles and fishing equipment.
While officers from the Department are continually on patrol to protect our unique abalone fishing areas, they also need your help. If you see anyone taking abalone outside of the fishing times, or taking more than their share, please report it immediately to the FishWatch hotline on 1800 815 507.
Take note of what they were doing, where it happened, and other useful information, such as the type of car or boat or a registration number.