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What you need to know this abalone season

What you need to know this abalone season

This year’s abalone fishing days in the West Coast Zone (currently between Busselton Jetty and Moore River) are between 7am and 8am on:

Abalone season 2020
  • Saturday 14 December 2019
  • Saturday 11 January 2020
  • Saturday 1 February 2020
  • Saturday 15 February 2020.

You must have a current licence to fish for abalone and produce it if requested by a Fisheries Officer.

The area north of Moore River is currently closed to abalone fishing until further notice.

The abalone season in the Southern Zone (Busselton Jetty to the South Australian border) is underway and continues until 15 May 2020.

Safety First!

Local water conditions can vary between fishing locations and fishers must take responsibility for their own safety – at no time should you enter the water unless you are confident in your ability to handle the conditions.

Here are some more tips to help you stay safe if you’re heading out abalone fishing:

  • Carry your catch in a loose-weave net bag; this will allow water to pass through and not become a dragging weight.
  • Attach your measuring gauge to your wrist; don’t hang it around your neck.
  • 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 do get into trouble, try to stay calm and raise one arm (an international distress signal) to attract help.

Safety tips for abalone fishing are available on the SLSWA website and in the Abalone recreational fishing guide.

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