More fishing line bins at river
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.”
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Native Animal Rescue skipper Michael Jones and volunteer Sam Loughridge at Garratt Road Bridge in Bayswater.