Community Heroes Keeping Fishers Safe in the Gascoyne

It is common knowledge that the WA coast can be unforgiving. In our state alone we have lost 27 people from rock fishing incidents since 2002, an alarmingly high number for our beloved past time. This is a strong reminder that fishers must always consider the dangers when fishing along our coast.

Recfishwest wants you and your family to return home safe after a day’s fishing, and because of that we are proud to work with our community partners, government and the public to make that a reality through fishing safety initiatives around WA.

Earlier this month Recfishwest’s Safety Officer Bronte Nardi, traveled to the Gascoyne to work with rock fishing safety partners to see how the safety initiatives were progressing and to discuss some potential improvements in the area.

Tim and Sara at Quobba Station have been fantastic with their support of Angel Rings and life jackets.

Recently, Recfishwest has been working with the owners of Quobba Station who have installed new Angel Rings (Life Rings) at high-risk fishing locations along the Quobba coast. They believe in the program and have been more than willing to get their hands dirty and lend a hand.

Angel rings are also located at two other hardcore fishing locations in the Gascoyne, Steep Point and Dirk Hartog Island, where plenty of avid fishers venture each year for their thrill of land-based game fishing, but who sometimes come unstuck on the rocks. 

Angel Rings are not the only piece of safety equipment available in the Gascoyne region to ensure you return home safe after landing some great catches of shore-based Mackerel or Tuna. You can also make the most of Recfishwest’s FREE Loan Life Jacket Program, where you can hire (at no cost) slimline, lightweight fishing life jackets, the Crewsaver 165. We have locations in the area with local businesses such as Carnarvon Tackle and Marine, Tel-O-Mac Tackle (Carnarvon), Quobba Station and Steep Point Ranger Station supporting the program, so why not pay them a visit, talk fishing and grab a free jacket for the day?!

Bronte Nardi said a lot of people in the WA community are working tirelessly to keep rock fishers safe.

‘’Without the support of local businesses, the FREE Loan Life Jacket Program would not exist.’’

“These operators are locals, they know the conditions and they want to see an end to fishing fatalities in their towns,” Bronte said.

Recfishwest is once again stressing the importance of taking personal responsibility for your own safety while fishing, by observing conditions and using appropriate safety equipment.

On your next fishing trip with your family and friends to the Gascoyne, please make sure you stay safe, wear a life jacket (hire a free one) and return home safe.

 

 

 

Safety Equipment Available in the Gascoyne: 

Free Loan Life Jacket Retailers: 

Carnarvon Tackle and Marine
Tel-O-Mac Tackle (Carnarvon)
Quobba Station
Steep Point Ranger Station

Locations of Angel Rings:

Dirk Hartog Island:
– Quion Head
– Urchin Point
– West Point

Steep Point:
– False Entrance
– Thunder Bay Blow Holes
– The Oven
– The Fault Line

Quobba:
– Blowholes
– Old Boundary
– Loopy’s
– High Rock
– 2 Mile
– Whistling Rock
– The Ledge
– Camp Rock
– The Caves

Recfishwest’s Statewide Fish and Survive Program, including the Free Life Jacket Loan Scheme, is proudly funded by the Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development, Division of Fisheries.

Fishing Safety – It’s Your Responsibility

With the saddening news of the latest rock fishing fatality at Quobba, Recfishwest is appealing to rock fishers to fish safely, especially during the Winter months.

Our condolences are with the man’s family, who tragically lost his life while fishing from Quobba’s High Rock, after being swept in on August 13.

High Rock – Quobba

Quobba can produce some great land based fishing opportunities, but the risk to you, your friends and family is very high. With vertical cliffs, jagged sharp rocks and big swell, Quobba fishing should only be attempted by people with the right gear and are experienced rock fishers.

Recfishwest has been working with the owners of Quobba Station over the past few months who have recently installed new Angel Rings (Life Rings) at high risk fishing locations along the Quobba coast. We understand that one of the Angel Rings was thrown in a rescue attempt during the incident.

Locations of the Nine Angel Rings recently installed at Quobba are:
Blowholes
Old Boundary
Loopy’s
High Rock
2 Mile
Whistling Rock
The Ledge
Camp Rock
The Caves

Angel Rings are not the only safety equipment that can be used at Quobba to ensure you return home safe. Quobba Stationis a location for Recfishwest’s FREE Life Jacket Loan Scheme, where FREE compact fishing life jackets can be loaned for rock fishers. FREE life jackets can also be loaned from Carnarvon Tackle and Marine, and Tel-O-Mac Tackle (Carnarvon).

Some time ago, passionate and safe rock fishers, also installed rock anchor points into the cliffs at Quobba, adding an additional option for rock fishers to tie themselves onto.

Knowing winter serves up rougher weather conditions (particularly on the West Coast), it is a strong reminder that fishers must always consider the dangers when fishing along our coast.

Wearing a slim line life jacket won’t impede on your fishing.

Recfishwest Fishing Safety Officer Bronte Nardi said a lot of people in the WA (and Australian) community are working tirelessly to keep rock fishers safe, now it’s time for rock fishers to help by minimising the risk of them going in the water.

“Over 150 FREE Life Jackets can loaned from a lot WA tackle shops, Angel Rings are being installed by land managers at high risk fishing locations, fishing safety awareness material are being produced – now we need people who fish from rocks to eliminate

Old rock anchor points at Quobba should be used to tie yourself onto whilst fishing.

the risks, prepare accordingly and return home safe,” Ms Nardi appealed.

 

“It’s never nice hearing the news of a missing fisher, and the feeling was definitely echoed through the community, as the majority of people understand the dangers of rock fishing,” Ms Nardi said.

“Recfishwest are once again stressing the importance of taking personal responsibility of your own safety while fishing, by observing conditions and using appropriate safety equipment.”

 

If you must fish from the rocks, please follow these simple fishing safety messages:
• Know how to swim
• Wear a life jacket
• Never fish alone
• Observe first, fish later
• Use appropriate safety equipment
• Tell someone your plans

For more Information on rock fishing safety please visit, http://recfishwest.org.au/our-services/fishing-safety/ or www.fishandsurvive.com.au