Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    Tight rein on abalone fishers this Sunday

    4/11/2016 9:00 AM
    • Abalone fishing between 7-8am only - first Sunday of each month, November to March
    • The West Coast Zone abalone season limited to help stock sustainability
    • Abalone fishing requires a licence and will be monitored by Fisheries officers

    With almost 17,000 abalone fishing licences issued already, the scene is set for thousands of fishers to be out searching for the popular shellfish this Sunday as the West Coast Zone (WCZ) abalone season starts.


    Fisheries Minister Joe Francis said as well as the Perth metropolitan coast, the WCZ included abalone fishing areas between Moore River and Busselton Jetty.


    "Fisheries officers will patrol abalone fishing spots on the allocated fishing days, to ensure fishers are licensed and aware of the rules," Mr Francis said.


    "It is very important fishers measure carefully to ensure an abalone is legal size before removing it from a reef, and to abide by the bag limit.


    "Recreational abalone fishers should also keep their safety in mind at all times and not take risks if they encounter bad weather or big swells during the season.  No abalone is worth a life.


    "We're very lucky to have a recreational abalone fishery on our doorstep, however we need to maintain careful management and good compliance to ensure abalone fishers can enjoy the experience for years to come.


    "Abalone stocks have been in decline in recent years due to environmental factors affecting growth and the recruitment of juvenile abalone, so we must manage the fishery carefully."


    The WCZ abalone season is open from 7-8am on the first Sunday of each month from November to March, however the Department of Fisheries may need to further reduce the number of fishing days to prevent the season target of 20 tonnes being exceeded.


    "Fisheries and Recfishwest will be assessing recreational catches and the abalone stock during the season to closely monitor the fishery," the Minister said.


    Fact File

    • The minimum legal size for Roe's abalone is 60mm and the daily WCZ bag limit is 15
    • The Recreational fishing for abalone guide 2016/17 is available here
    • Copies of the abalone guide are also available at Fisheries offices and information outlets
    • Abalone fishing is closed until further notice from Moore River to the WA/NT Border

    Minister's office - 6552 6500


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