Abalone anglers are being urged to use caution and common sense as they venture out on Saturday for the second hour of the West Coast Fishing Zone season. Between 7am and 8am licensed abalone fishers will head out to try to capture the rare delicacy by venturing out into open waters between Moore River and Busselton Jetty. With swells predicted to be at near 1m to 1.5m, Surf Life Saving WA and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development have implored people to be safe, particularly across reefs. Moderate temperatures up to 30C are expected on Saturday, with offshore winds gusting up to 18 knots. DPIRD senior management officer Nick Blay said abalone hunters needed to make their own evaluations of the sea and weather conditions on the day to ensure they have the skills to manage swells. “Personal safety should be the focus of abalone fishers at all times,” he said. “SLSWA lifesavers will be monitoring the abalone fishing this Saturday, but each fisher must not take risks beyond their skill level in the water and on the reefs. After Saturday, there will be two other abalone fishing sessions at the same times on February 5 and 19. More than 16,000 abalone licences have been issued for the 2022 season and fishers must comply with strict rules including a daily bag limit of 15, no fishing north of Moore River and no fishing for other people. More details on abalone fishing rules are available at www.fish.wa.gov.au and SLSWA safety tips are available here. Those planning to head out are encouraged to switch on their Sea Sense and check www.sharksmart.com.au for shark sightings as well as the daily forecast.