A number of special ‘tackle bins’ have been installed at popular fishing spots around the Gold Coast in an attempt to reduce the amount of fishing line litter around the city.
Kellie Lindsay, coordinator of the Gold Coast Marine Debris Network, said “the Gold Coast experiences the highest incidence of littered fishing tackle of any urban area in Australia. This causes hundreds of entanglements of birds and other wildlife every year, and also causes threats to children and pets.”
The bins have been installed at locations including the Seaway, Oxenford Weir, and the Tallebudgera and Currumbin creeks. They are made in Australia from 100% recycled materials, and are designed to keep unwanted fishing tackle secure and allow it to be disposed of safely. They also serve to educate anglers and the wider community about the importance of correctly disposing of fishing waste.
The Tackle Bin Project has been made possible by funding from the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, Healthy Water and Land, and the Gold Coast Waterways Authority, with support from City of Gold Coast, Gecko, Wild Birds Rescue Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Catchment Association, and Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Reef Check Australia