Call for end of line dump­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Work Place -

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.

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