A number of special ‘tackle bins’ are being installed this week 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.”
The bins will be installed at locations including the Seaway, Oxenford Weir, and the Tallebudgera and Currumbin creeks. They are made in Australia from 100% recycled materials, and are designed to keep unwanted fishing tackle secure and allow it to be disposed of safely. They also serve to educate anglers and the wider community about the importance of correctly disposing of fishing waste.
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Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation’s Belle McCarthy said the bins will be a great initiative and hopes the Gold Coast community will embrace them.
“At Sea World we see first-hand the damage discarded fishing gear can do to marine life. In January this year, three turtles needed to be rescued due to fishing line entanglement, one animal was found in the Gold Coast Seaway,” said Ms McCarthy.
“Through the Sea World Marine Debris clean up and Zero Waste grants we are working with the community to reduce the threat of ocean litter. This is an enormous problem and will need all of us to work together to create a better future for the many species of marine life living around South East Queensland waterways”.
The Tackle Bin Project has been made possible by funding from the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, Healthy Waterways, and the Gold Coast Waterways Authority.
For more information, see http://goldcoastcatchments.org/gold-coast-marine-debris-network/