River users asked to bin it

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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