Fish­ing for lit­ter

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Ben Smith

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.

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