Fines up to $1000 warned for Salmon Holes fishers

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Fishing on rocks at Salmon Holes without a life jacket will be banned from January 1, 2019.
Camera IconFishing on rocks at Salmon Holes without a life jacket will be banned from January 1, 2019.

In a WA-first trial, visitors to Albany’s popular Salmon Holes fishing rocks will be fined between $100 and $1000 if they are caught there without a life jacket.

On Tuesday Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly announced the State Government’s mandatory life jacket trial will run from January 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021.

It will begin with a one-month public education period, with fines to be handed out from February 1.

Throughout the trial all Salmon Holes rocks visitors will be required to wear a Type 1 life jacket, which is the highest grade of life jacket in Western Australia and is designed for offshore boating.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff will be responsible for administering fines, which Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly warned could be up to $1000 for repeat offenders.

“If you look at the history of fatalities from rock fishing, Salmon Holes really is ground zero,” Mr Kelly said.

“This is by far the most dangerous location if you judge the number of fatalities at one location.

“If you’re out here on the rocks fishing without a life jacket, there’s every chance you will be picked up and you will be fined.”

The State Government also announced fishing will be prohibited at Greens Pool, near Denmark, as it clashed with swimmers and snorkellers.

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