First ‘Project ReCon’ Ghost Gear Captured

Project ReCon tracks and retrieves first deadly and destructive ghost gear 4 kms off the coast from Weipa

The first ghost gear has been tracked by Tangaroa Blue’s Project ReCon team and retrieved by Indigenous rangers 4 kms off the coast of Weipa.

With the support of Satlink, the Project ReCon team repurposed an echo sounder buoy, which was recovered during a recent clean-up, to track and monitor the 3 tonnes of discarded commercial fishing gear while the Indigenous rangers, Australian Border Force and Capricornia Contracting mobilised to collect it.

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Proudly Introducing the ‘Tackle Back’ Product in Partnership with Shimano

We recently unveiled our latest innovation, the Rig Recycle ‘Tackle Back’ product, in partnership with Shimano at the 2023 AFTA Tackle Show on the Gold Coast.

The ‘Tackle Back’ is designed to empower recreational fishers in preserving their favourite fishing spots by responsibly disposing of fishing-related waste. Whether you’re an avid angler or a weekend warrior, this product will provide you with the means to keep our waterways clean and thriving.

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Rig Recycle now in Multiple States Across Australia

The initial Rig Recycle trial was supported at retail stores and local councils along the Great Barrier Reef as part of the ReefClean program and provided detailed data on the types of plastic and volumes that could be collected by the sector.

Rig Recycle’s first goal is to repair and reuse items – things like handline reels, hard plastic lures, hooks, sinkers, swivels are all checked to see if they can be repaired, and if so, they are included in recreational fishing kits for social fishing charities – giving them another life.

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Rig Recycle Seeks to Reel In Victoria Fishing Litter

  • Victorian fishers can now recycle their unwanted and broken fishing tackle.
  • Tangaroa Blue’s Rig Recycle Program collects fishing line, reels, sinkers, spools and spool packaging so it can be repaired, reused and recycled.
  • The program is supported by Sustainability Victoria’s Circular Economy Fund and will see 60 recycling bins deployed at key locations across the state.
  • The Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database shows fishing litter is one of the top 10 items recovered during community clean-ups.   

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Tangle Bins installed throughout Sydney

Tangle Bins have been installed in NSW as part of our ‘Look After Your Tackle’ Source Reduction Plan (SRP) which aims to help educate recreational fishers about the scale and impact of fishing litter in our waterways.
A huge shoutout must go to Pablo Bolomey from Underwater Research Group of NSW who has helped get 6 of these bins installed around Sydney.
Look After Your Tackle Bins being installed in Sydney
These bins are being serviced weekly by some amazing volunteers and aim to prevent fishing lines, lures, hooks, sinkers and swivels from ending up in the ocean.
The Look after your Tackle – fishers tackling litter in local waterways project is funded by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trusts and delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation.
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