Project number: 2018-212
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $25,800.00
Principal Investigator: Don Nicholls
Organisation: Southern Seafood Producers (WA) Association
Project start/end date: 11 Jun 2019 - 29 Jun 2019


The WA Augusta Abalone Fishery requires a well-articulated and informed, strategic plan from industry to recover the abalone resource. This workshop will meet this need by facilitating the transfer of the required knowledge from the recent successes of the Victorian Western Zone Abalone Fishery, which is recovering from AVG, to inform the development of a WA


1. Establish an industry recovery strategy for the WA Augusta Abalone Fishery based on the approach used, and knowledge gained, by the Victorian Western Zone Fishery post-AVG.

Final report

ISBN: 978-1-925983-41-8
Author: Basia Lamb and Peter Rickerby
Final Report • 2020-06-01 • 1.08 MB


The Southern Seafood Producers (Western Australia) Association in conjunction with the Abalone Industry Association of Western Australia hosted a two-day workshop (the workshop) at the Swan Yacht Club in East Fremantle on the 12th and 13th of June 2019. The aim of the workshop was to establish an industry recovery strategy for Area 3 of the Western Australian Abalone Managed Fishery. The workshop was chaired by Harry Peeters, Executive Officer of the Western Abalone Divers Association with presentations from Duncan Worthington and Craig Fox (Chair of Western Abalone Divers Association). The Western Abalone Divers Association representatives’ presentations were to inform Area 3 authorisations holders, divers, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development staff and other attendees of their experience in the Western Zone of the Victorian Abalone Fishery after the Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis virus had severely impacted the Western Zone fishery and gain an understanding of how they established and continue to rehabilitate their stocks. The Western Abalone Divers Association representatives experience and knowledge were drawn upon to guide the Area 3 authorisation holders in sound decision making, and allowed the commencement of a formal industry process to recover the stocks after the marine heatwave in 2010/11 followed by several years of above-average water temperatures in 2011/12 and 2012/13. Many authorisation holders believe these factors impacted recruitment levels, successful spawning events and stock densities. Earlier reductions in Total Allowable Commercial Catch following these events may have prevented some depletion of stocks in Area 3 in the subsequent years, however the impacts were unknown at the time.

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Western Abalone Divers Association 2020 Quota Setting Workshop: Opportunity for shared understanding of potential TACC setting processes by Western Australian Abalone stakeholders

1. Establish an industry engagement strategy for the WA Area 3 Abalone Fishery based on the approach used, and knowledge gained, by the Victorian Western Zone Fishery and the Western Abalone Divers Association.
Western Australian Fishing Industry Council Inc (WAFIC)