More fish­ing line bins at river

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Swan River - Lau­ren Pi­lat

MORE fish­ing line dis­posal bins will be in­stalled along the Swan Can­ning river way to pre­vent wildlife be­com­ing in­jured by dis­carded an­gling waste.

Last year, more than 20 bins were in­stalled along the river from Bayswa­ter to Point Wal­ter as part of a joint cam­paign to re­duce fish­ing line en­tan­gle­ments among dol­phins, pel­i­cans and other wildlife.

Since launch­ing the cam­paign, Na­tive An­i­mal Res­cue (NAR), Swan River Trust, Recfishwest, Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful and river­front coun­cils have pre­vented thou­sands of me­tres of fish­ing line pol­lut­ing wa­ter­ways.

The Gazette went out last month on NAR’s boat to help with its River Con­nec­tions pro­gram in emp­ty­ing and check­ing the dis­posal bins in Bayswa­ter.

Com­mu­nity project co-or­di­na­tor Emma John­ston said that while clear­ing the bin, NAR vol­un­teers also looked out for dis­tressed an­i­mals and other en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards along the river ways.

Ms John­ston said that the majority of fish­er­men used the bins for bait bags, lines and hooks but oc­ca­sion­ally found cans, nap­pies and other ran­dom items.

“It’s been re­ally ex­cit­ing to see fish­ing line add up. We’ve cleared over 1500 me­tres from the Bayswa­ter sites and across the 22 bins a cou­ple of thou­sand me­tres,” she said.

“There are a to­tal of 22 bins out at the mo­ment from Gar­ratt Road down to Point Wal­ter and even up into the Can­ning­ton area, and there are pro­posed sites for a few more as well.

“We’re look­ing at putting one near Tranby House and a cou­ple more around the Como area.”

SEE THE VIDEO AT www.in­my­commu­nity.com.au

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson

Na­tive An­i­mal Res­cue skip­per Michael Jones and vol­un­teer Sam Loughridge at Gar­ratt Road Bridge in Bayswa­ter.

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