Low tide for abalone fishers

Low tide for abalone fishers

A HIGH swell countered by a low tide and good weather should provide good conditions for abalone fishers this Sunday.

Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club president John Heesters said after perfect conditions during the first fishing session on November 3, he expected similar weather for the second session on December 1.

‘The weather is looking good again so that’s a good sign for us,’ Mr Heesters said.

‘Predictions are the tide is low.

‘Swell is a bit high but the low tide should cancel it out.’

Mr Heesters said they would have a multi-agency approach to Yanchep Lagoon patrols during the one-hour fishing window, with volunteers from the surf lifesaving club, Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue and Wesfarmers Emergency Response Team on the beach and water.

The City of Wanneroo would also provide Rangers for the patrol, while Department of Fisheries officers would check fishers complied with regulations.

Last year, two surf lifesavers had to rescue 12 people and one man went missing at the lagoon during the first fishing session, and Mr Heesters said the result of his inquest would be heard at the Coroner’s Court in mid-December.

For safety advice on recreational abalone fishing, visit www.recfishwest. org.au or www.fish.wa.gov.au.