Call for end of line dumping
FISHERS have to bin the bad habit of dumping up to 2.5 tonnes of fishing line that the Swan River Trust pulled from the Swan River last year.
“In total, more than 8788m of fishing line, 1743 hooks and sinkers, 1508 bait bags and 254 items such as lures and tackle packets were collected,” Environment Minister Albert Jacob said.
Launching 25 new riverbank bins for unwanted line, tackle and bait bags, Mr Jacob said the bins costing $20,000 could take up to 20km of discarded fishing line from the Swan and Canning rivers each year.
A public education campaign Reel It In will tell fishers and the public how to avoid polluting the estuary with rubbish from their recreation on the rivers.
A test group of 25 bins have already been installed at popular fishing spots including the Garratt Road Bridge, Applecross jetty, Shelley foreshore, Point Walter and Fremantle Harbour, where the Fremantle Port Authority is responsible for their maintenance.
Claremont, Peppermint Grove, Nedlands and Mosman Park public jetties are likely locations for some of the new bins so fishers and other river users’ plastics do not enter the estuary and harm dolphins and waterbirds.
It is proposed councils donate about $1500 for the bins to be fortnightly emptied by Native Animal Rescue and to cover replacement or vandalism costs. Recreational fishing lobby Recfishwest supports the tackle bins.
“Monofilament fishing line, plastic bait bags and all plastics dumped by river users degrades so slowly they are a hazard to all wildlife, and litter, and even when they do break down, the particles enter the marine food chain,” Recfishwest chief executive Andrew Roland said.
Dr Andrew Rowland wants fishers to bin their line, which is ending up in the river system.