Pitch­ing in to reel in rub­bish

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Ryan Mathe­son

AN­GLERS from the NQ Fly Fish­ers were reel­ing in rub­bish along the Pal­larenda fore­shore yes­ter­day as part of this year’s Clean Up Aus­tralia Day event.

Club pres­i­dent Ward Ni­cholas was joined by an ea­ger group of young­sters who gave up their Sun­day morn­ing to pro­vide some ten­der lov­ing care to the sea­side sub­urb.

Mr Ni­cholas said pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment was part of se­cur­ing the fu­ture of the pop­u­lar pas­time.

‘‘ A lot of peo­ple think once the rub­bish goes out to sea it is gone, but fish will eat these sorts of things and they can cause max­i­mum dam­age,’’ he said.

‘‘ We tend to see a lot of land-based rub­bish in the ocean through­out the wet sea­son so this is a per­fect time to do our part.

‘‘ The fish end up eat­ing it and starve to death.

‘‘ They can’t eat any more be­cause their bel­lies are full and they stave to death.’’

The club was one of more than 10 com­mu­nity groups in­vited by the NQ Dry Trop­ics to par­tic­i­pate in the 21st an­niver­sary of the an­nual event. Mr Ni­cholas said sus­tain­abil­ity was an in­te­gral part of fish­ing in North Queens­land.

Vol­un­teers across the coun­try have de­voted more than 25 mil­lion hours, re­mov­ing an es­ti­mated 253,780 tonnes of rub­bish in the past 21 years.

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