Fishing for litter
THE City of Cockburn will use this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful Council grant to run a fishing litter reduction program.
Clean Ocean Clean Catch will involve placing 24 bins and multilingual signage at fishing hot spots along the coast to help keep rubbish from the ocean and surrounding dunes.
Last year the council claimed a similar grantfunded program, called Clean Ocean Cockburn, prevented up to three tonnes of rubbish from entering the local coastal environment.
Cockburn waste education co-ordinator Clare Courtauld said recreational fishing items such as nets and rope were in the top 10 items found on local beaches in recent years.
“Data from the Australian Marine Debris Database shows 62,878 items of litter with a total weight of 2.1 tonnes were collected at beaches from C.Y. O’Connor to Ammunitions Jetty at Woodman Point from 20132017,” Ms Courtauld said.
“Encouraging behaviour change around litter along the Cockburn coast will help meet objectives of the City’s Coastal Litter Action Plan, to remove rubbish from the City’s beaches.
“The City will collect information via monthly bin audits by community waste education officers to assess weight, type and source of litter. Each assessment will also include the number of people fishing at each location and the type of litter observed in the vicinity.”
Keen Wattle Grove fishers Shane and William Gilchrist with City of Cockburn waste education co-ordinator Clare Courtauld at Woodman Point Jetty.