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Fishing Gear

Fishing line lowAt certain clean-up sites around the country, fishing gear such as bait bags, monofilament fishing line, lures and glow sticks makes the top 3 items removed by volunteers time and time again. Fishing line can be snagged under the water, tangles of hundreds of metres of line along the foreshore, or cut off pieces left when rods are being made ready for the day, bait bags smell of fish and attract wildlife who can ingest the plastic packaging and lures and glowsticks are made of non-biodegradable materials. This gear is is not only an eye-sore, but a real threat to the enviornment.

Estimated to take over 600 years to break up into small pieces in the environment, plastics such as fishing line has been responsible for the injury and deaths of seabirds, turtles, dolphins, seals and even whales, none of which are the target species fishermen are after.

Tackle Bin Project #tacklebinproject

GCMD Fishing LineA number of special ‘tackle bins’ have been installed at popular fishing spots around the Gold Coast in an attempt to reduce the amount of fishing line litter around the city.

Kellie Lindsay, coordinator of the Gold Coast Marine Debris Network, said “the Gold Coast experiences the highest incidence of littered fishing tackle of any urban area in Australia. This causes hundreds of entanglements of birds and other wildlife every year, and also causes threats to children and pets.”

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Walpole Town Jetty to curb fishing litter

Fishing GearThis source reduction plan was designed by participants in Albany during a workshop funded through Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA Litter Prevention Grants. It targets recreational fishing gear at Walpole Town Jetty. Discarded recreational fishing gear poses a risk to wildlife as they may ingest it or become entangled in it. The source reduction plan aims to implement awareness raising signage and to provide buckets with lids. The local council, businesses and KABC will be approached to seek funding for the infrastructure. The success of this source reduction plan will be measured during the 2015 WA Beach Clean-up event.

Geraldton tackles fishing hotspots

FishingThis source reduction plan was designed by participants in Geraldton during a workshop funded through Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA Litter Prevention Grants. The goal of the source reduction plan is to reduce the amount of discarded recreational fishing gear at Drummond Cove. The fishing gear is often left behind on the beach, lost or damaged; particularly during storm events. It is important to address this issue in the local community because derelict fishing gear affects the health of marine life as well as human and pet safety.

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Shark bins for smelly fishing litter

Bait BagThis source reduction plan was designed by participants in Port Hedland during a workshop funded through Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA Litter Prevention Grants. The goal of the source reduction plan is to address plastic bait bags which have been identified as a reoccurring problem in the area. They are thought to derive from land based campers and council park users as well as water based fishermen. They are discarded on the beach, in the water and at the foreshore parks. It is important to reduce the number of plastic bait bags in the area because they are unsightly and they impact on all wildlife. A sea turtle that comes across a plastic bait bag in the ocean will be attracted to it due to its fishy aroma and its appearance as a jelly fish; one of their food sources. Ingestion of plastic has a range of issues such as starvation, intestinal blockages and toxic effects.

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Shire of Harvey Tackle Fishing Hotspots

Shire of HarveyIn 2014 the Shire of Harvey in WA was successful in applying for a Keep Australia Beautiful litter prevention grant to install fishing line recycling bins and education signage at local fishing hotspots. The Shire of Harvey has a 45km coastline, the Leschenault estuary and three major rivers, where fishing line can be and has been a serious environmental issue.

Tackle Bins and Education signage now displayed at 6 locations within the Shire with more than 600m of line in the first month after installation!

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