The Department encourages ALL DIVERS to adopt the protocols below as a part of their daily routine when fishing.
Catch bags that have come into contact with abalone and other gear such as gloves. Ab irons, knives and measuring devices should be soaked in a fish bin containing soapy freshwater for 30 minutes and then rinsed.
Wetsuits should be washed with a specialised wetsuit wash preparation and freshwater, but if they are not readily available a mild liquid soap or shampoo will do just as well (get into a warm shower and soap down in your wetsuit).
Wild Harvest Protocol 1: Cleaning and Disinfection (116Kb)
Wild Harvest Advice 3: Dealing with Suspected Diseased Abalone (126Kb)
Fishing Sector Advice 2: Clean and Responsible Fishing Activities (122Kb)
Abalone Processor Advice 2: Dealing with Suspected Diseased Abalone (126Kb)
Commercial Abalone Wild Sector Harvest Code of Practice (256Kb)