Cyclone contingency plans should now be in place

With the season’s first brush with cyclonic conditions forming off the North-West coast in late January, fishing businesses throughout the State have been reminded to ensure that contingency plans have been established and are in operation.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast an average to above average number of tropical cyclones in the waters off the North-West coast this season. The average number of cyclones per season is five.

WorkSafe WA says it is crucial that everyone associated with the fishing business, whether on sea and or on the land, know what to do when a cyclone approached.

Under workplace safety and health laws employers must have adequate plans in place and must provide employees with adequate training to protect everyone in the workplace in the event of a cyclone.

Whether the workplace is a fishing vessel or in a land-based location, everyone should be trained in the cyclone contingency plan and follow all instructions given when a cyclone is approaching.

Fishing vessels need to keep a list of sheltered anchorages and have information on how to use them, along with a specific action plan for each vessel depending on the distance from the cyclone and safe havens.

For the fishing, charter and recreational sectors, the Department of Transport has cyclone contingency plans for regional boat harbours at Point Samson (Johns Creek), Onslow (Beadon Creek), Exmouth, Carnarvon, Coral Bay and Denham.

Further information:

Additional information on preparing for cyclones can be found on the following websites or locations: