Pitching in to reel in rubbish
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.