Fishing line hazard for river wildlife
PERTH residents have been urged to keep an eye out for a dolphin and her calf after they became entangled in fishing line.
The dolphin had been spotted near Shelley on the morning of August 11 with a hook and line stuck in its dorsal fin.
Last Monday, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) were able to remove part of the entangled fishing line from the adult dolphin – called Highnitch – enabling her to swim freely, but the DBCA has urged the public to keep them abreast of any sightings of the pair and send photographs if possible.
“It is believed that she still has fishing line around her tail; however, her calf Splash no longer appears entangled,” the Department wrote on social media.
Low salinity caused by winter rainfalls is believed to be responsible for an infection on Highnitch’s body.
The DBCA said the incident was a stark reminder of the importance of keeping waterways clean.
“This incident highlights the hazards for our wildlife associated with fishing line and people are reminded to dispose of fishing line and tackle appropriately,” the Department said.
“We have placed dozens of fishing line bins across popular jetties, fishing platforms, traffic bridges and foreshores so people can dispose of lines.”
The entangled dolphin.