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Deaths ignites change to WA abalone season

The WA government has changed the abalone season to run over summer after four people lost their lives in rough weather conditions in the past five years.

Abalone fishing used to be open to licensed fishers for just five hours every year, from 7am to 8am on the first Sunday of every month from November to March between Busselton and Moore River.

The West Coast Zone for recreational abalone fishing will now start in December, with four fishing days only from 7am to 8am.

The dates are December 9th, January 13th, February 3rd and 17th.

Fisheries minister Dave Kelly said it was not worth risking your life for an abalone.

“This year the abalone fishing season along Perth’s coast will be changed in an effort to prevent any more deaths,” he said.

“Importantly from now on if poor weather conditions are forecast, we will close the fishery – we won’t put fishers or SLSWA volunteers’ lives at risk.

“The aim of moving to Saturday fishing days in summer is to reduce the potential of encountering bad weather, which puts fishers’ lives at risk.”

Henry Sapiecha

October 15th, 2017
Topic: ABALONE, SEALIFE FISHING, Western Australia Tags: , , , , ,

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