A state-wide initiative to reduce the amount of harmful fishing debris left by recreational fishers on the shores of our Gulfs and rivers has begun, with a pilot scheme already underway in the The City of Onkaparinga council area.
The “Fishing Debris Recycling Program” is focused on encouraging recreational fishers to use branded ‘Hook, Line and Thinker’ bins across the City of Onkaparinga.
These bins are located at Market Square (Old Noarlunga), Perry’s Bend (Noarlunga Downs), Britain Drive (Port Noarlunga), O’Sullivan Beach Boat Ramp, Weatherald Terrace (Port Noarlunga South), River Road/New Road intersection and the Onkaparinga causeway (end of Wearing Street), Port Noarlunga and Port Noarlunga Jetty, Port Noarlunga.
Audits of the contents of the bins this year, from January to the latest in mid-May, have revealed a substantial collection including 493 hooks, 109 sinkers weighing 1.2 kg, 134 swivels, one fishing reel, 119 fish attractors, 20 assorted lures and nearly 5.4 km of fishing line.
Fishing debris collected in the new bins will be recycled and turned into a range of plastic materials for use in industry.Metals derived from hooks and sinkers will also be recycled.
The program is an initiative of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, which feeds into the larger “Marine Debris Threat Abatement Plan” run by the Australian Federal Government.
“The plan seeks to minimise the impact of marine debris on aquatic wildlife and monitor the effectiveness of local schemes in the protection of marine species,” said Kristian Peters, Coast and Marine Surveys Project Coordinator at the board.
“This scheme is already reducing the amount of disused fishing tackle that ends up in landfill or in our marine environment,” said Lynda Wedding, Waste and Recycling Education Officer at the City of Onkaparinga.
Lynda added that “Comparable programs have been highly successful in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, but this is a first for South Australia and its proving a winner so far.
The City of Onkaparinga is proud to be involved in this project with the NRM Board, laying the ground-work for future schemes that we hope to see rolled out throughout Adelaide and parts of regional South Australia”.
Updates on the Hook, Line and Thinker Fishing Debris Recycling program can be obtained at www.onkaparingacity.com/recyclingrevolution or by email at email@example.com.
Further information about the national project can be found on the board’s website at www.amlrnrm.sa.gov.au.
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