Safety tips for abalone sea­son

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

Abalone can now be taken from the Bus­sel­ton Jetty to the South Aus­tralian bor­der, with the South Coast re­gion sea­son open from now un­til May 15.

About 17,500 fish­ers are ex­pected to seek out the del­i­cacy in com­ing months but au­thor­i­ties are urg­ing peo­ple to con­sider their safety.

Green­lip and brown­lip abalone are typ­i­cally found in wa­ter deeper than 6m on gran­ite or lime­stone, par­tic­u­larly pro­trud­ing, slop­ing or cracked sur­faces. Roe’s abalone are usu­ally within 2m of the wa­ter­line and of­ten within the “swell zone”.

Rec­fish­west ad­vises peo­ple to study the waves, swim and dive only where safe and when ca­pa­ble of do­ing so, carry a loose-weave net bag en­sur­ing wa­ter passes through, at­tach a mea­sur­ing gauge to the wrist — not the neck — and wear pro­tec­tive footwear and a wet­suit or light cloth­ing.

Fish­ers are urged to be cau­tious as abalone sea­son starts.

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