River users asked to bin it
THE Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is calling on Perth river users to make a serious dent in river pollution through a new project.
The project asks river users in the Swan Canning area to head to a riverside location and take part in a ‘before and after’ clean up from January 13-24.
Community engagement program manager Jason Menzies said the simple act of picking up rubbish and discarded fishing waste had a positive impact on river health and welfare of the wildlife.
“In the last 12 months we have removed more than 14km of fishing line, 2379 hooks and sinkers, 2048 bait bags and 286 other fishing recreational items,” he said.
“Sadly we are still getting serious entanglements in our river. Recently, two of the three dolphin calves born last year were tangled in fishing line.
“One managed to free itself but it was one of the lucky ones because discarded fishing line can, and usually does, kill wildlife once they become entangled.”
The new project will see participants snap a pre and post photograph at their favourite riverside spot to highlight the difference a small effort can make.
“Each year DPaW staff remove tonnes of rubbish from our waterways, including more than four tonnes last financial year,” Mr Menzies said.
“Rubbish included things like white goods, tires, shopping trolleys, building rubble, plastic and fishing waste such as bait bags, hooks and fishing line.”
Mr Menzies said DPaW’s Reel It In fishing line bin program was making a positive impact on reducing discarded fishing waste.
Participating residents can collect gloves and rubbish bags from riverside councils from 11 January.
A special bin for discarding fishing line and tackle items safely.