Life jacket grace period over for fishers

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The results of a survey of rock fishers at Salmon Holes over Easter has prompted calls for compulsory life jackets to prevent drowning fatalities.
Camera IconThe results of a survey of rock fishers at Salmon Holes over Easter has prompted calls for compulsory life jackets to prevent drowning fatalities. Credit: Barbara Cook

From today fishers and visitors to the Salmon Holes rocks will face fines up to $1000 if they are caught not wearing a life jacket at the popular spot.

February 1 marks the start of a two-and-a-half year mandatory life jacket trial at Salmon Holes, and visitors to the rocks will be fined between $100 and $1000 if caught by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff without one.

Throughout the trial all visitors will be required to wear a Type 1 life jacket, which is the highest grade of life jacket in WA, designed for offshore boating.

In 2018 Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said Salmon Holes was “by far the most dangerous location” for fishing in WA.

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

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

Fishing shops in Albany have life jackets available for hire.

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