Fishing line bins a reel success for wildlife
  • Friday 18 September 2009

Sunshine Coast Council is reducing the risk of death and injury to local wildlife by installing 36 fishing line recovery bins at popular fishing spots between Bell’s Creek and the Maroochy river catchment.

Environment portfolio holder, Councillor Keryn Jones, said the installation of the specially-designed bins is funded by a federal government Caring for our Country grant and is part of council’s ongoing Turtle Conservation Project.

“This initiative aims to save wildlife from death or injury from carelessly discarded fishing line and reduce the volume of litter entering our waterways,” Cr Jones said.

“Recreational fishing is a very popular activity and, inevitably, some fishing line and tackle must be disposed of. Unfortunately, unless that’s done properly, birds, fish, turtles and other wildlife may become entangled in it, or ingest it. It can also spoil the enjoyment of other fishers, is a potential hazard to other water users and it pollutes our environment.”

“It’s a problem that council hopes to address through the installation of 36 specially-designed bins at key recreational fishing locations across the region.”

The new bins follow a successful trial in the Noosa area several years ago and, once the current installations are all done, the bins will be in use right across the region.

Cr Jones said the initiative also aims to improve community awareness of the impact of recreational fishing on wildlife and the environment and encourage behavioural change so that fishing line is not littered, but deposited in the recycling bins.

“Council hopes to further build partnerships with recreational fishing clubs, community groups, bait and tackle shops, animal rescue groups and the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. In this way we hope to help raise public awareness of responsible fishing practices and council’s network of line recovery bins.”

Council has already established strong partnerships with local community groups to help protect turtle nests across the Coast.

Media note: A pic of one of the new fishing line recovery bins is available on request. Call communications officer David Cameron on 5420 8996.