Abalone fishers urged to rethink Sunday’s session due to dangerous conditions

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ABALONE fishers are urged to rethink fishing this Sunday, with conditions forecast to be dangerous.

Recfishwest and Surf Life Saving WA have called on people to reassess whether they go out on the second abalone fishing day of the season, December 6.

Recfishwest chief executive Andrew Rowland said entering the water this weekend to catch abalone in metropolitan waters was not worth the risk.

“Persistent high onshore winds are predicted in Perth this weekend,” he said.

“I would not want see anyone trying to fish on metro reef platforms in conditions like these.”

According to SLSWA three people have lost their lives whilst abalone fishing in WA in the past four years, including one at Yanchep Lagoon in 2012.

“Three drowning deaths in just four years is an alarmingly high figure for just one coastal recreational activity,” general manager Chris Peck said.

“Overestimating your ability in these forecast conditions will put your life and the lives of others at risk.

“We want people to reconsider their participation in abalone fishing this weekend.”

Department of Fisheries principal management officer Martin Holtz said fishers should consider their personal safety at all times and not take risks or enter the water if conditions are dangerous.

ABALONE FISHING – SAFETY TIPS

– Check weather conditions, including wind conditions and swells, at www.beachsafe.org.au or download the free Beachsafe App.

– Observe first, fish later: do not attempt to fish if you are unsure. Read the warnings and dangers on any safety signs.

– Wear appropriate clothing or wetsuits: avoid heavy clothing, including tracksuits and work boots that become water logged and heavy.

– Never fish alone: stay in a group and keep an eye out for your friends and other fishers.

– Don’t panic: if in trouble stay calm and raise one arm and wave from side to side to attract attention.

For more, visit www.fishandsurvive.org.au