Fishing group wants action to stop angler deaths
Western Australia‘s peak recreational fishing body says too many anglers are dying off the WA coast and a massive education campaign is needed to prevent further tragedies.
Baldivis man Jamie Marek, 31, was fishing near Yallingup’s Injidup Point in the state’s south-west at the weekend when a large wave swept him into the ocean.
He was pulled out of the water by his brother David, 22, but resuscitation attempts failed.
Mr Marek’s family wants flotation devices to be made compulsory for all rock fishermen, but authorities say that would be too difficult to implement and police.
Frank Prokop from Recfishwest says he will lobby the Government for funding to educate people on the dangers of rock fishing.
“Rock fishing drowning and boating activities associated with recreational fishing is a bit of a silent killer,” he said.
“Nobody wants to take responsibility for it because nobody is receiving funding to bring in place the types of actions that are required.”
Mr Prokop says the Government needs to take more responsibility for educating recreational anglers.
“Many more people are killed by recreational fishing than are by sharks but the funding available for shark protection is huge and that for recreational fishing safety is still poor,” he said.
The Department of Conservation and Land Management in the south-west supports the call for improved safety campaigns and says visitors to the area need to be better educated