Fishing Safety

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Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes for many Western Australians — however it is also one of the most dangerous! 

12.5% of drowning incidents in Western Australia during the 2021-22 financial year occurred while fishing.

It is estimated that there are around 740,000 anglers wetting a line in WA each year. People go fishing from the beach, in the river, from a boat, and from the rocks. Recfishwest strives hard to keep fishers safe in WA and with the help of Fish and Survive, we can do that with an easy to follow ‘Safety Checklist’ for each fishing activity. You can find more about Recfishwest and the Fish and Survive program here.

There are a number of ways that you can remain safe while fishing and reduce your risk of drowning death, non-fatal drowning and injury. Please remember to follow these simple tips:

  • Always go fishing with others. 
  • Inform someone of your whereabouts and time of return. 
  • Read signs that warn of danger along the coast.
  • Avoid going fishing during big swells and rough seas.
  • Don’t go on black and slippery rocks.
  • Discuss your emergency plan while you check the area to fish.
  • Wear a suitable lifejacket.
  • Incorporate flotation into your fishing gear.
  • Be aware that freak waves can occur at any time.
  • Know what safety aids are available in the area and how they work.

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