Abalone only on Saturdays

 Clearly fisheries don't want anyone taking abalone nowadays. With the amount of people, like myself, that either work on Saturdays or have kid's sports on Saturday (AM), there wont be many out there taking them. Very unfair, IMO. Maybe they should have a registration (or voucher) type system where you get 4 opportunities to fish during the season and you need to register online before you go out. If you are taking abalone and haven't pre-registered it is deemed "fishing without a licence". Would be fairer on everyone


 "Grey Ghost",  670HT Barcrusher with 150 Yamaha, based at Cockburn PBC.

Posts: 155

Date Joined: 08/09/11

agree with you.

Mon, 2017-10-23 08:58

For the first time in memory, since licensing started, this year I didn't include abalone on my license.

Posts: 3650

Date Joined: 01/02/10

What works for some.... now I

Mon, 2017-10-23 09:13

What works for some.... now I can get abs then get to church first thing sunday.


Does anyone know where the love of god goes, when the waves turn the minutes to hours?

Posts: 240

Date Joined: 13/08/11

I think it is a fantastic

Mon, 2017-10-23 09:33

I think it is a fantastic result, working with Surf Life saving to ensure that the well being of fishers is better protected while also having the ability to close a day due to weather and then have it added to the season later. Well done SLSWA and Recfishwest... Working together to save lives!


Posts: 190

Date Joined: 30/12/08

 I don't have a problem with

Mon, 2017-10-23 09:47

 I don't have a problem with Sat. Then again I'm retired. Between conservation and the weather Fisheries clearly listened and looked at what happened on the first day for last 2 years when conditions were horrendous but because of these restrictions we all go regardless. Glad that the season is now starting later when conditions are going to be calmer. Voucher system so that you can do when you want only works for you. What about the Fisheries officers and surf lifesavers who need to be out there. Do you expect them to be there 24/7? Your current ab lic wont cover their wages. No matter which day is picked someone is always going to be aggrieved. Outside of metro  area 1 you can ab every day so just have a drive past Bussel jetty and you'll be right.

Grey Ghost's picture

Posts: 177

Date Joined: 12/10/15


Mon, 2017-10-23 19:10

 kknlk, I don't have a problem with the season starting later and I don't have a problem with cancelling an abalone fishing day if the weather is poor, but seriously it sounds like another case of "Nanny state" when I need a surf life saver and a fisheries officer to be available to keep an eye on me when I collect abalone.

Maybe SCUBA diving and snorkelling in restricted areas and times as well. Maybe they should only allow fishing from boats on certain days as well and then we wouldn't need to sea rescue to man the stations/oceans 24/7. Imagine the snapper numbers in 10 years.

I own a health care clinic and trying to provide a service to families and worker's who can't get in mid week to my clinic. 

It would be nice if they actually maybe alternated a Saturday and a Sunday to suit more people and it still gets the 4 sessions in over the season.

Is it now a Saturday morning because many people work and their kids play sport so they know less people will go out and collect abalone and therefore protect the stocks or is it really about surf life savers being available (because where I get them from, there are no surf life savers anywhere near)?


kknlk, seems you're a little irresponsible and inconsiderate if you go for abalone even in bad weather, as you stated, so maybe the Saturday morning and surf life savers being available is for the benefit of people like yourself? I guess we're all a little bit selfish (as you seem to imply that I am)



 "Grey Ghost",  670HT Barcrusher with 150 Yamaha, based at Cockburn PBC.

Grey Ghost's picture

Posts: 177

Date Joined: 12/10/15

Patients will provide

Mon, 2017-10-23 19:12

 I'm sure I'll have a few patients that will provide me some abalone in exchange for care, but would prefer to get a few myself.


 "Grey Ghost",  670HT Barcrusher with 150 Yamaha, based at Cockburn PBC.