The free life jacket loan scheme has been expanded with two new outlets joining the initiative.
The scheme has been running for some time and enables rock fishers to loan a PFD (personal flotation device) from a number of tackle stores and outlets around the state, at absolutely no cost.
The Duke of Orleans Bay Caravan Park, east of Esperance, and Kalbarri Sports have both partnered with Recfishwest to help ensure the safety of recreational fishers and reduce rock fishing fatalities.
Rock fishing is a popular pastime at both locations.
Esperance’s South East Coast Recreational Fishing Council pushed to get a new life jacket location on the South Coast, and the Duke of Orleans Bay Caravan Park was the perfect location.
Rock fishers should always wear a PFD as one of their safety measures, and Recfishwest urges anyone who doesn’t own one to take advantage of the loan scheme.
Dean Robbins from Kalbarri Tackle recently took delivery of five new PFDs and was pleased to be able to offer the service in his town.
“It’s only a good thing,” he said.
“Fishers can just pop in and see about a jacket if they want to head to the rocks.”
“We just get a few details and they bring them back when they’re finished fishing.”
“One popular spot near town, Goat’s Gulch, claimed three lives many years ago and there are three crosses carved into the rock and a plaque.”
“Then there are quite a few people who have had near misses as well.”
“I’d encourage anyone considering rock fishing around Kalbarri to grab a new life jacket.”
“We need to educate recreational fishers to put safety first.”
For more information on rock fishing safety, or to see the full list of outlets participating in the lifejacket loan scheme, click here.