Postponement of Awesome Autumn of Salmon events until 2021 due to COVID-19 crisis.
We have made the decision to postpone both the Salmon Slam 2020 and the Albany Salmon Spectacular events until next year in light of Government advice regarding COVID-19, non-essential travel and social distancing.
We are urging everyone to be safe and responsible and follow Government guidelines and if you can, stay in your homes for now.
We had hoped to be able to keep running the Salmon Slam as it is an app-based competition that lends itself to social distancing. However, the latest advice from Government has been very clear advising people to only venture out of their homes if completely necessary. On this basis we think postponing the Slam is the right thing to do.
It was already shaping up to be a fantastic comp with more than 1,000 of you registering and a huge swag of great fishing prizes donated by our amazing sponsors. We are hoping to hold these prizes over to next year and work on making next year’s comp bigger and better than ever before! Thanks to all of you and our magnificent sponsors for your support.
The Salmon Spectacular was organised to be a great draw-card for Albany and the Great Southern attracting fishers from other areas of the State – making it a fishing activity showcasing the great fishing and hospitality the region provides.
However, the recent announcement from the Premier around restrictions coming in preventing people to travel from region to region, and for reasons outlined above, means that postponing this event was the only responsible thing we could do – we had planned to adapt the fishing competition to be run through our Salmon Slam 2020 app to allow people to still fish within the Government’s social isolating guidelines.
But in light of developments and current advice from Government – we decided it is better to throw our efforts into making sure next year’s event is a fishing bonanza befitting of Albany and the Great Southern region.
Ours and recfishing’s future role
Fishing will have a huge role to play post-COVID-19 in boosting our community’s mental health and well-being and rebuilding the regional economy. We will continue to work in the background on developing initiatives and programs that will make fishing even better for West Aussies in recovering from this crisis on the other side. We thank everyone who has thrown their support behind these events – our partners – Western Angler and The Albany Boating and Fishing Club – our many sponsors and participants. We and they will be back!
The abundance of salmon underpins the fantastic recfishing experience and the social and economic value the species provides for the WA community – we therefore believe it is something that needs to be protected. Find out more about our stance on salmon.