Safe Fishing

Recreational fishing is a highly valued activity by many West Aussies and forms an integral part of the economic and social fabric of coastal and regional communities across Western Australia.

A recent economic study detailed the economic spend by recreational fishers on fishing related activities such as fishing trips and travel, fishing gear and boat fishing costs injects $2.4 billion into the state’s economy each year.

With families, locals and tourists all choosing to spend their time enjoying our coastline, unfortunately not everyone returns home safe at the end of a day’s fishing. It is the rocky coastline, hazardous conditions, slippery surfaces and poor decision making that plays a prevalent role in recreational fishing fatalities in Western Australia.

Safe fishing continues to be a high priority for Recfishwest and a major pillar of our strategic plan.

Recfishwest continue to work tirelessly to promote the need for safety to be part of every fishing experience, drive behaviour change towards safe fishing, model safe fishing experiences, provide high quality safety equipment at a low cost to the recreational fishing community and invest in safety infrastructure across the state.

 

Find out what projects we’ve been working on:

Fish and Survive Safety Portal

Our Fish and Survive program is designed to change behaviour and promote fishing safety through communications and public awareness initiatives while facilitating the installation of life-saving devices at high-risk fishing locations across WA.

Click to view where safety infrastructure has been installed and where you can loan a lifejacket.

The Fish and Survive website and supporting Facebook page promotes safe fishing and give you the tools, information and safety equipment you need to ensure you return home safe after a days fishing. It also influences the fishing community to change their behaviours and attitudes towards wearing lifejackets. Recfishwest is providing an avenue for people to purchase slim fitting, comfortable life jackets at an affordable price, to help ensure more people wear life jackets and return home safe!

VISIT FISH AND SURVIVE HERE

FREE Lifejacket Loan Program

Recfishwest, along with community partners and tackle shops provide the WA fishing community with Free Loan Lifejackets, where rock fishers can head into their local regional tackle shop and hire a lifejacket for free for the day. This is a service that we believe help bring fishers home safe. This has been made possible with the support from local communities and International Safety Experts, Survitec.

The jackets that are available for hire are User Activated jackets that require the user to pull the ‘inflate’ toggle when they enter the water.

If you notice your jacket is damaged, or you’ve had to inflate it, please return it to store owner and let them know and we can replace it.

Click to view where safety infrastructure has been installed and where you can loan a lifejacket.

Albany

Albany Rods and Tackle

Trailblazers Albany

BCF Albany

Little Grove General Store

Albany Migrant Resource Centre

Bremer Bay

Bremer Bay Rural & Hardware

Duke of Orleans 

Duke of Orleans Caravan Park

Esperance 

Tatey’s Bait and Tackle

Southern Sports and Tackle

Esperance Diving and Fishing

Dempster Sporting and Tackle

Hopetoun

Hopetoun Iceworks

Kalbarri

Kalbarri Sports and Dive

Katanning

Katanning Migrant Resource Centre

Mount Barker

United Petroleum

South West

Augusta X-Treme Outdoor Sports

Down South Camping & Outdoors

Dunsborough Outdoor Sportz

Access Fishing

Steep Point

Steep Point Rangers Station

Quobba/Carnarvon

Quobba Station

Carnarvon Tackle & Marine

Tel-O-Mac Tackle

 

Keep the Sand between your Toes - Easter Salmon Fishing Campaign

The annual salmon run attracts thousands of fishers to the southern parts of the state and in the past has resulted in various rock fishing fatalities as people put the fish first, before their own personal safety in all the excitement.

Every year, the ‘Keep the sand between your toes’ campaign involves the distribution of 10,000 flyers to all tackle stores between Busselton and Esperance, the promotion of key messages through social media partnerships, articles, newsletters, advertising and media. It includes translated articles hosted on multi-lingual platforms and various radio interviews throughout the entire salmon season.

The Easter Salmon Fishing Campaign focuses primarily on people catching salmon from our beaches as we believe the pristine white sandy beaches of WA coast combined with the splendid sports fishing qualities of this species truly makes this the world’s best fishing on the world’s best beaches.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVE

  • To promote excellent beach fishing in the Southern parts of the state, encouraging people to fish from the beach.
  • To raise public awareness around the dangers of going rock fishing
  • To help fishers make educated decisions before heading out for a day’s fishing including always check the weather before heading out, tell someone where they’re going, never fish alone, watch and observe before fishing, wear the right gear, be familiar with public safety equipment around them and wear a lifejacket if fishing from the rocks.
  • To minimise/eliminate the risk of rock fishing fatalities
  • Make people aware of the public safety equipment available to them

WHAT BEHAVIOUR DO WE WANT TO CHANGE?

  • Reduce the amount of unexperienced people fishing from the rocks and see more people choosing to fish from the beach
  • Decision making practices – Encourage fishers to access ALL the risks before going fishing, a lifejacket is your last resort.

Abalone Safety Campaign

Undertaken with Surf Life Saving WA and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the abalone safety campaigns specifically targets abalone fishers to ensure they return home safe after a days fishing. The campaign includes advertising, editorials, translated articles, safety flyers, various radio interviews, media releases, media events as well as signage and the presence of Surf Life Savers at key fishing locations.

An abalone safety website also plays a prevalent role in the campaign.

Would you like some abalone safety resources for an upcoming workshop or tackle store event? Let us know by emailing info@recfishwest.org.au

 

Multi-lingual material and advertising

Targeting messages to fishers from various ethnic backgrounds are of high priority for Recfishwest due to the number of incidents and fatalities of varying nationalities which have occurred in the past. Recfishwest has identified Epoch Times Chinese Media, Most WA and Korean Today Media as three partners crucial to spreading the safety messages within the Chinese and Korean WA community. These cross-platforms allow direct access to high risk demographic fishers and these partnerships over the past five years has been instrumental in behavioural targeting, audience extension and digital content marketing.

Each year, translated materials are provided to these companies and are disseminated across their platforms during peak fishing times.  Recfishwest will continue to work with ethnic media to ensure key messages are being disseminated effectively and explore options for future partnerships.

Spearfishing videos

Nothing beats a day on the water, except, maybe a day under the water. But shallow water blackouts are something everyone needs to be aware of, and whether it’s spearfishing, free diving or snorkelling, shallow water black-outs can happen to anyone at any depth. So if you’re just starting out, or a world-champ spearo, shallow water blackouts are a danger you and your dive buddy need to be prepared for.

There’s no one that knows this better than the members from The Australian Underwater Federation (AUF) who have seen far too many divers lost to black-out (one is too many), while others have been injured from boat strikes, marine attacks and other causes. That’s why the AUF has been working hard to create a number of safety videos aimed to educate and raise awareness among the fishing community about shallow water black-outs.

The videos encourage you to think about and be prepared for:

  • What symptoms to look for with blackouts
  • Knowing your buddy’s dive profile
  • Performing a shallow water black-out rescue

These videos have the potential to save lives and greatly reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with these breath-holding activities.

With an increased number of people in the water, especially as we head into summer, with fishers diving for crays, snorkelling our beautiful reefs and preparing for abalone season, now is the time to educate yourself and help raise awareness among your mates about shallow water black-outs. Share these videos with your friends and help ensure we all come home safe from a day on the water.

For more on spearfishing safety, visit Fish and Survive.

These videos have been created with the assistance of a Recfishwest Community Grant.

Click here to find out more about Recfishwest Community Grants.

Angel Rings

We believe everyone in WA should return home safe after spending a day out fishing. At Recfishwest, our service to the community is to lead a statewide approach that develops and promotes initiatives that bring fishers home safe. The Angel Ring Program is an important part of our State Wide Fishing Safety Program.

Angel Rings are life buoys, which are designed to keep someone afloat and away from the rocks until help arrives or a rescue can be organised. Angel Rings are vital pieces of public safety equipment and should not be tampered with or removed unless being used in a rescue.

With the help and support of local communities, local land managers, local shires and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, more and more Angel Rings are being installed state-wide at high risk rock fishing locations.

There are now 78 Angel rings installed around Western Australia.

Click to view where safety infrastructure has been installed and where you can loan a lifejacket.

ANGEL RING LOCATIONSNUMBER
74 locations 78
QUOBBA
Blowholes - Quobba1
Old Boundary - Quobba (south of station)1
Loopy’s1
High Rock (south of station)1
2 Mile (2 miles north of station)1
Whistling Rock1
The Ledge1
Camp Rock (near Cape Cuvier Coast)1
The Caves1
TOTAL9
DIRK HARTOG
Quion Head 1
Urchin Point1
West Point1
TOTAL3
STEEP POINT
False Entrance 1
The Fault Line1
The Oven1
TOTAL3
KALBARRI
Red Bluff 1
Pot Alley 1
Gulch 2
Fishing Club angel ring (separate to program)1
TOTAL4
SOUTHWEST
The Point (Contos)1
Slopeys (Contos)1
Merchant Rock (Contos)1
Boranup (North Point)1
Redgate 1
Contos spring1
Gracetown North Rocks (North Point)1
Sugarloaf Rock1
Skippy Rock1
Cape Leeuwin Water Wheel1
Canal Rocks1
Torpedo Rocks1
Wyadup1
Round Rock1
Knobby Head1
Cosy Corner1
TOTAL16
ALBANY-GREAT SOUTHERN
Salmon Holes2
The Deeps1
Lowlands1
Tourist Rock at Cheynes Beach1
Three Stripes at Cheynes Beach1
Maitraya, Nannarup Beach1
Cable Beach, Torndirrup National Park1
Cave Point, Torndirrup National Park1
Blow Holes, Torndirrup National Park1
The Steps, West Cape Howe1
Dunksy’s, (Granite Groper Rock),West Cape Howe1
Bum Rock 1
TOTAL13
DENMARK - GREAT SOUTHERN
Flat Rocks Ocean Beach1
McGearys Rock1
Black Hole1
Sinker Bay1
Boat Harbour 1
Lights Beach (Rock Fishing location) 1
Peaceful Bay (Popular Fishing and Boat Launching Jetty - 45km west of Denmark) 1
TOTAL8
ESPERANCE - GOLDFIELDS
Twilight Beach2
Wharton Beach1
Quagi Beach2
Starvation Bay2
Thistle Cove1
Hellfire Bay1
Thomas River1
Dolphin Cove (Cape Arid)1
Skippy Rocks1
Dunns Rocks1
Munglingup Beach1
Masons Point1
2 Mile Beach Hopetoun1
Hopetoun Groyne1
TOTAL17
BREMER BAY - GOLDFIELDS
Black rocks reserve 1
Native Dog Beach1
Rocky Cairn Reserve1
Fishery Marina Reserve: 1
Point Henry Reserve1
TOTAL5

If you know of a rock fishing location that could do with an Angel Ring, let Recfishwest know at info@recfishwest.org.au.

 

 

Rock Anchor Points

Anchor points have been trialed and installed at selected high risk rock fishing locations, mainly throughout the South West and South Coast of Western Australia.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife, along with Local Government, and community groups, community champions and volunteers have installed 122 rock anchor points at the following locations:

  • Salmon Holes in Albany (6 rock anchor points are installed)
  • Esperance (60 in total) at Wharton Beach (3), Quagi Beach (3), Thistle Cove (9), Hellfire Bay (4), Thomas River (4), Dolphin Cove (3), Dunn Rock (4), Salmon Beach (7), Chapmans Point (7), Wiley Bay (5).
  • South West (56) in Leeuwin – Naturalise National Park including: Rocky Point, Cape Naturaliste, Sugarloaf Rock, Torpedo Rocks, Wyadup, Contos, Boranup (North-Point) and Skippy Rock.

To tie up to an anchor point you will need about 10m of rope (length varies depending on site). Use this to tie a bowline knot at the anchor point and check the knot is secure by pulling it.

Using the other end of the rope attach it to a harness or wrap around the waist and secure. Avoid slack in the rope when fishing as waves can still wash you off your feet and onto the rocks. Ensure you are a safe distance from the edge when fishing.

Click here for an information sheet on anchor points in the south west region

'Make a difference - Maintain and wear your lifejacket' Department of Transport partner

Recfishwest has partnered with the Department of Transport (DOT) on their “Make a Difference – Maintain and wear your lifejacket” program to help educate recreational boaters on lifejacket wearing and maintenance. DOT will run lifejackets clinics all over the state and participants are given the opportunity to bring along their lifejackets for DOT to check, and if deemed unserviceable or in need of replacement parts which they don’t have, be issued with a $30 voucher to use at Recfishwest’s online FishandSurvive store. 

The aim of the partnership is to get more people in slim line lifejackets and encourage fishers to take their safety serious and wear  a lifejacket at all times while boating in case of emergency, rather than storing them.

 

Coastal Safety Flyers

In partnership with the NSW Recreational Fishing Alliance, Recfishwest and safety partners developed a set of key messages related to rock fishing under the campaign ‘don’t put your life on the line.’ More than 10,000 flyers have been printed in 10 different languages across the years and have been used in face to face education sessions as well as distributed to fishers in the southern WA regions. Feedback from migrant communities has been extremely positive, with many fishers showing increased understanding of the dangers of rock fishing compared to their initial understandings before the education sessions. Anecdotal observations and conservations with fishers resulted in fishers preferring to choose from the beach as result of the messaging they had been exposed to. Recfishwest see multilingual messaging as being an effective intervention strategy for raising awareness of the associated dangers of rock fishing and reducing rock fishing incidents.

Key Messages for Rock Fishing Safety

Rock Fishing

Rock fishing from exposed platforms in poor weather and large swell conditions involves inherent risks and with some of the best beaches in the world here in WA, we recommend you keep the sand between your toes and fish from the beach. However, if you are going to go rock fishing – awareness of the conditions and good decision-making is absolutely paramount.

Key Messages for Rock Fishing Safety

BE PREPARED

  • Always tell someone where you’re going, when you’ll be back and if your plans change.
  • Wear the right clothes – Light clothing such as shorts and a spray jacket will allow you to swim more freely if you are washed in. Waders and jumpers are not recommended.
  • Wear appropriate footwear with non-slip soles or cleats suited to the surface you plan to fish from.

BE SAFE

  • Ask advice from locals
  • Never fish alone
  • Know the area, know the local conditions
  • Observe first, fish later – Spend time (at least 20 minutes) watching your intended fishing spot to get an idea of the conditions over a full swell/wave cycle. Be prepared for waves twice the height of those observed during this period. If in doubt, don’t fish.
  • Read all safety signage – it’s been placed there for a reason.
  • Wear a PFD – Wear a life jacket or buoyancy vest at all times. Also bring something buoyant (your fishing bucket with its lid firmly clipped on makes a great float) which can be thrown to someone in trouble to help them stay afloat. Carry rope and a torch at all times.
  • Stay alert – Don’t ever turn your back on the ocean – if the waves, weather or swell threaten your fishing spot then leave immediately.
  • Plan your escape – Scan the area and look for the safest place to come ashore should you be swept in. Decide on a quick getaway route from your fishing spot, well above the high tide line should you see a large wave coming.

SURVIVE

  • Do not jump in if someone else in washed into the water.
  • Use appropriate Public Safety Equipment – Know how to correctly utilise rock anchor points if they are in place at your fishing location. You will need to bring your own rope to tie up; a bowline is the best knot to use. Know where the nearest public safety equipment is – and know how to use it.
  • Call triple zero 000

Click here to view the Rock Fishing Safety Key Messages in a one pager.

For different languages see below:

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For those who are not regular rock fishers or are thinking having a go at it for the first time, we strongly recommend you fish from the beach as a much safer alternative.

Rock Fishing Safety Videos

Don’t Put Your Life on the Line

Chinese Subtitles: (中国的)

Korean Subtitles: (한국의)

Vietnamese Subtitles: (Việt)

Buy a Lifejacket

The Crewfit 165N Sport uses the latest 3D technology, ensuring maximum comfort levels for all users. The Crewfit 165N Sport has the essential features to ensure the recreational user remains safe when out on the water. The slimline, lightweight jacket ensures you can carry out important fishing tasks like casting, pulling your lobster pots, pulling the anchor rope and reeling in that fish of a lifetime.

We believe these are the best jacket for the complete fisher and we wouldn’t sell them if we didn’t believe these were the best jacket on the market to bring you and your family home safe.

Fish and Survive now stock the new Crewsaver life jackets ‘the Rolls Royce of Lifejackets’.

Check them out here.

Gone are the days of stuffing the old yellow foam jackets under the seat or taking up room on the boat; or if you go in the drink while fishing from rocks; or roll your kayak in fast flowing water – these Crewsaver’s are designed to be worn in case an emergency in upon you quicker than expected!

As a not for profit organisation, proceeds from jacket sales goes back into better fishing in Western Australia and allows us to keep working to bring you and our family home safe after a day on the water.

“The days of stuffing your old foam yellow life jacket under the boat seat are gone. We want people wearing life jackets and I believe these slimline fitting jackets are the best available.”

Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland

 

Swim and Survive Program in partnership with Royal Life Saving WA

As part of our State-wide Fishing Safety Strategy, Recfishwest has recently partnered with Royal Life Saving WA on their Swim and Survive program to work towards the shared goal of bringing people home safe and reducing drownings in WA.

Knowing what to do in an emergency situation is important, especially if you are in, on or around the water especially during this time of year when abalone, marron and blue swimmer crabs are all on the list for keen fishers this summer.

Enrol in a first aid or CPR course before 31 July 2021 and use the code recfish20 to get 15% off.

Visit www.royallifesaving.com.au/programs/swim-and-survive for more information.

Launch of WA’s Fishing Survival Float

In June 2017, Recfishwest partnered with the ‘Bluewater Free Divers’ in support of the launch of WA’s own Fishing Survival Float. The UV resistant Survival Float is made from high quality materials and can be used a storage grab bag containing all of the things one may need in an emergency situation such as EPIRB, water and flares. Given the Survival Float was originally designed to be in the water and has been tested to full immersion, it means that in an emergency situation its strong build and water seal will ensure safety gear remains with the fisher, and not at the bottom of the ocean. Its 20kgs of buoyancy also aids in keeping fishers afloat should they end up in the water.

Fishing safety ambassador program

In 2017 Recfishwest established a fishing safety ambassador program which seen various high profile fishers/representatives assist with the flow of information and key messages into local communities. The ambassadors regularly post safe fishing information on their social media accounts and through their preferred media outlets, with messaging provided by Recfishwest during peak fishing seasons. Recent work has included one ambassador extending our reach to the Chinese community by disseminating safe fishing messages across multi-lingual media including Chinese radio with more than 10,000 listeners.

As social media is a valuable tool in disseminating information to target audiences, Recfishwest see great value in the ambassador program and the potential it has to help bring people home safe. Ambassadors have shown to be of great influence, with fishers re-purposing their social media posts, sharing with others, tagging their friends and in turn we have seen language adaption and more fishers wearing lifejackets when fishing from the rocks, more people making informed decisions and more people opting to fish from the beach as a much safer alternative. Recfishwest continues to provide Crewsaver lifejackets to each ambassador every two years and monitor the accounts of the ambassadors to ensure safety is always an element of their fishing experiences within the public spotlight.

Our Fishing Safety Ambassadors

Simon McLernon

Perth
Simon McLernon is an avid diver and has been a fisher his entire life. Over the past decade he has been working in a variety of different industries including ship building and subsea engineering and he now works as a Subsea engineer at BHGE. Over 3 years Simon has been volunteering his engineering skills in designing and manufacturing the Bluewater Safety Float which is designed to help increase safety for divers and other boat users. He continues to promote diver safety across his social media and amongst his networks including the Bluewater Freedivers of WA Club, of which he is a member.

Brody Laroux

Perth
Brody is Recfishwest’s safety ambassador for crayfishing and currently works for Highland Spirit Charters. With many years of experience in the industry, Brody always portrays positive ways of working on the water, including fish handling and catch care techniques. As a lover of the ocean, and all things fishing, Brody makes an ideal ambassador for all things safety.

Chris & Aron Dixon

Albany
Based in Albany, Chris and Aron Dixon are brothers with a passion for rock fishing. They actively promote safe fishing from the rocks and the importance of always wearing a lifejacket, across their ever growing social media platforms (currently at 3300 followers on Facebook). They write for Western Angler Magazine and have also starred in various episodes of iFish alongside TV presenter Paul Worsteling.

Graham Cooper

Esperance
Not only is Graham an avid fisher, but he has volunteered for the Esperance Volunteer Marine Rescue for 21 years. Graham has also played a huge role in the fishing safety space by educating almost 10,000 school students on the south coast about fishing safety over the last decade. Graham has also been instrumental in leading fishing safety initiatives in Esperance, Ravensthorpe and Hopeton by pushing for public safety equipment, such as Angel Rings and Rock Anchor Points, to be installed at high risk fishing locations along the south coast. Graham is also a Recfishwest lifejacket ambassador for our Fish and Survive campaigns.

Scott Coghlan

Albany
Scott is based in Albany and is a big advocate for Fish and Survive and the importance of wearing slimline lifejackets. He consistently communicates safety to a range of audiences across Social Media, Western Angler Magazine, Sunday Times, the West Australian and in face to face activities. Groups of influence include beginner to avid fishers of varying ages across Western Australia. Scott plays a key role in our annual fishing safety campaigns.

Robbie Riches

Perth
Robbie runs Perth Fishing Safaris, a local Perth business offering guided rock and beach fishing tours for small groups of fishers chasing mulloway, tailor and more. He is a strong lifejacket advocate across his social media platforms and continually promotes the importance of safety when fishing with all his clients. He’s been an advocate on Channel 10’s Offroad Adventure Show and his land-based fishing business is growing and expanding to include rock fishing safety in the northern and southern regions. He influences school aged children right through to the elderly, teaching people from various demographics and locations across the world.

Allan Bevan

Fremantle
Allan is an active member of the Western Australian Fishing community who is passionate about fisher safety, catch care and preservation of fish stocks for future generations. As a fishing Charter Operator in Fremantle, he takes pride in ensuring people make good decisions in all facets of fishing. Allan influences tourists and locals of varying ages and demographics.

Li Chen

Perth
Li Chen is an Edith Cowan University Researcher who strives hard to ensure we have a safe and sustainable fishing environment in WA. She recently investigated the interaction between Chinese immigrants and the Western Australian environment through the practice of abalone harvesting. Li believes by understanding people’s motivations towards abalone fishing, it will help bring people home safe and make them aware of the importance of environmental protection. Li brings knowledge, passion and experience to the Recfishwest Safety Ambassador Team and we look forward to her contribution in annual abalone safety education campaigns.

Juli-Ann and Vince Brozek

All over Australia
Equipped with an off road camper and everything needed for a life on the road, the family from Moseying around Australia are creating memories while catching prized fish as they travel Aus. The parents strive to pass their fishing knowledge onto their two young children while making sure safety is always incorporated into their fishing experiences. Whether that’s wearing a lifejacket when fishing alone, or being croc smart, safety is always an element for this fishing family. The family joins our team as key role models no matter where in state they travel. Welcome aboard guys!

Peter Fullarton

Lancelin
Peter Fullarton runs a landbased fishing tour business called ‘Tailored Treks’ in Lancelin. He teaches fishers 4x4 beach safety and is a great representative for safe fishing from the beach taking into consideration all the elements. When he’s not busy working, Pete often fishes alone from his tinny, targeting species such as tailor, skippy, squid and tuna. Pete says ‘it can be so easy to fall out of a small boat, I am always very careful especially when I am on my own and I make my crew wear a lifejacket if it is rough. I really don’t know why more people don’t wear them, once you put it on you just forget you are even wearing one.

Fabio Varrone

Denmark
Fabio Varrone is the owner-operator of Fab Fishing & Tours in Denmark, WA. He is a sponsored angler, representing the brands Tonic Eyewear and Doctor Hook Lures. Fab is another one of our fantastic safe fishing ambassadors who promotes the wearing of lifejackets when rock fishing, but also looking after the environment, one another and doing the right thing as fishers. Fab runs a Facebook group called Fishing Western Australia where he brings the community together through information sharing, education and fishing advice to avid and beginner fishers alike.

Gideon Mettam

Albany
Gideon Mettam lives in Albany and his known for his Facebook page ‘Gido’s Land Based Fishing Adventures’ which sees him incorporate abseiling into his fishing in order to get to some incredibly isolated spots. After abseiling to a spot, he then ties himself off to anchor points and deep drops for species such as dhueys, pink snaper and groper. Gideon advocates for wearing lifejackets when fishing from the rocks despite your experience level and knowing your own ability. ‘Don’t overdo it and don’t attempt it if you don’t know what you’re doing' he says.

Recfishwest’s safety partnerships include Department of Parks and Wildlife, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Surf Life Saving Western Australia, Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and local fishing communities.