Dol­phin alert

Fish­ing line haz­ard for river wildlife

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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