You’ve just been snagged and had to cut off a metre or two of line. It ends up on the ground or in the bottom of the boat… ‘What’s the harm?’
Unfortunately, each year thousands of birds, fish and other marine animals are killed or injured due to poorly discarded fishing line and tackle.
We know that a large proportion of the recreational fishing community are aware of the impacts; not only to wildlife, but also other anglers – snags and damage to fishing gear, boat propellers, etc.
To assist in reducing fishing tackle litter, we are working with Wollongong City Council to provide tackle bins at popular fishing spots. Unlike general waste bins, these tackle bins are specifically designed so that weather and wildlife can’t pull the rubbish back out.
You can help reduce injuries to our wildlife from poorly discarded fishing tackle – don’t leave anything behind, pick it up and put it in the bin.
Supported by the Southern Region Waste Program this project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy. Visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au