Abalone fishing in Western Australia is considered nothing short of world class. It’s not surprising that the West Coast Zone Abalone Fishery is one of the most controlled and strictly managed fisheries in Australia and the world. That’s a good thing, otherwise, there wouldn’t be any abalone left.

You know abalone fishing is popular in Western Australia with around 20,000 recreational fishing licences issued each year.


As a marine snail, abalone are something akin to a large snail, however, these are no ordinary underwater snails. They are prized for their taste. They can be eaten raw or cooked. There are 3 types of abalone to be found in WA. The most numerous are Roe, which are found around many of the reefs and rocky areas of the southwest. Roe is the easiest to catch and taken by most beginners.

Greenlip are slightly larger than Roe and have a pale, green colour. Brownlip are the largest. Both of these are found off the southern coastline in deeper waters of more than 5 metres and suit more abalone fishers.


You’ll need to pick your date for abalone fishing in the West Coast Zone because fishing for abalone is limited to an hour in the morning on the first Sunday of the month from November to March each year – make sure you check the current abalone fishing rules.

The good thing about abalone is that they are caught in numerous spots not far from Perth. If you are looking for an easy place to start, you don’t have to travel far from Perth. Burns Beach and Mettams Pool are popular spots for abalone fishing.

If you want to make more of a trip of it, you can head to the South West, however, abalone fishing is prohibited on some areas of the coast and other areas can be quite dangerous, being more suited for abalone fishers with advanced skills.


Once you have your licence, you only need some basic equipment to go fishing for abalone. You’ll need something to protect your feet such as fishing shoes or reef walkers, a dive knife with a big flat blade and tip, some diving gloves, a measuring gauge and a catch bag. It doesn’t hurt to have a snorkel and goggles so you can find the abalone without getting so much seawater in your eyes.

It’s not hard to catch abalone. Most people simply wade, snorkel or dive deeper to find abalone. As you can imagine, it’s easier to catch abalone at a low tide.

If you are in or around Perth and you are looking for an adventure with rewarding results, l highly recommend you find out more about the limits, rules and get your licence and get abalone fishing.

You can learn more about the major fisheries and the rules and limits for fishing abalone here.

You can learn more about how to get your recreational fishing licence here.

You’ll find all the information you need about abalone here.


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Robert M Davies

Robert passed the "Obsessed With Fishing Test" with flying colours. Instead of talking, Robert has turned his hand to writing about his experience in fishing all around Australia.