24th December 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT
Be Safe if Fishing from the Rocks this Summer
The Christmas holiday period always brings keen fishers to the WA coast, especially in the southern regions.
While Herring, Whiting, Salmon and Tailor are just some of the sought after catches taken from the beaches over the holidays, many will venture onto rocks to try and get a family feed. Recfishwest would like to remind people that extra care should be taken if fishing from rocks.
Recfishwest Chief Executive Officer Dr Andrew Rowland said there have been more than 22 rock fishing deaths since 2002 in WA alone.
“Public awareness, promotion and education are of vital importance to reducing rock fishing incidences” Dr Rowland said.
Despite increased media coverage and public awareness campaigns, some recreational fishers are still putting themselves at risk of injury or death. Rock fishing safety has become a state-wide issue, with incidents having occurred at Steep Point near Shark Bay right down to Esperance.
“Popular fishing locations like Albany and Esperance welcome big population increases over summer and thanks to recent efforts from community organisations and local land managers, rock fishing safety equipment has been installed at high risk locations along the south coast,” Dr Rowland said.
If the right precautions are followed, fishing from rocks can be a safe activity.
“Don’t forget, Recfishwest also continues to promote and support the Free Life Jacket Loan Scheme in many tackle stores around the state, where recreational fishers can go in and hire a free life jacket before they head out fishing” Dr Rowland said.
Here are a few simple Rock Fishing Safety Tips if venturing onto rocks this summer:
- Wear a life jacket
- Never fish alone
- Observe first, fish later
- Wear appropriate footwear
- Be familiar with Public Safety Equipment
Media Contact: Recfishwest – Tim Grose 0411393977