Authorities warn of fishing dangers

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This is the scene which authorities do not want to see this Easter along WA’s south coast.

With thousands to head south for the long weekend which times with the annual salmon run, fishers have been urged to make sure they do not put themselves at risk on the rocks.

There will be an increased Parks and Wildlife Service presence in Torndirrup National Park over the period.

DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service Albany district manager Peter Hartley said weather in the region is usually pleasant at this time of year, but the ocean can be unpredictable and dangerous.

“Every Easter there is an influx of visitors to the beautiful and unique areas the department manages, especially with the attraction of catching Australian salmon,” Mr Hartley said.

“The weather can change quickly in this region and large, unpredictable swells commonly occur,

“Even on calm days, waves can sweep over rocky headlands and sloping rocks, making them very slippery.

“Lives have been lost when people fall or are washed off the rocks, so we urge everyone to consider their personal safety and always fish from sandy beaches and not from rock platforms. “

Hartley urges that anyone that chooses to fish from rocks wears a personal flotation device.

Other safety advice includes avoiding fishing on rocks, wear appropriate footwear, tie off on rock anchor points where provided, and let a family or friend know you are going fishing.

The appropriate disposal of rubbish will also be a high priority for the Parks and Wildlife Service.

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