A few signs are encouraging

And the final Sunday fishing session at Yanchep earlier this month proved a measure of how far we have come since a man drowned there at the start of the 2012-13 season.

Encouragingly on that Sunday, some fishers adhered to Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club’s advice to stay out of the rough sea.

It was a sign people are more aware of the dangers of going into the water ” they are listening to the warnings from the Department of Fisheries and Surf Life Saving WA.

But the fact that some fishers had to be rescued and entered the surf with inappropriate gear (one wore a weight belt) and carried eskies and buckets, suggests there is still a way to go in terms of education and people taking responsibility for their safety.

The good news is how better prepared for the abalone season our lifesavers have become.

Hats off especially to the hard-working crew at Yanchep.