Tangaroa Blue Foundation, as part of the ReefClean program, has launched the Rig Recycle project, enabling fishers to recycle their used, broken and unwanted tackle at participating Boating, Camping and Fishing (BCF) stores. The project aims to reduce the amount of recreational fishing gear going into landfill through a first-of-its kind initiative for the Australian recreational fishing industry.
Tangaroa Blue Foundation has been working with Oceanwatch Australia to develop two Source Reduction Plans focused on fishing-related bait bags and professional fishing-related light sticks as part of the ReefClean Program. Both projects have been designed through conducting a source analysis approach rather than working from a littering reduction perspective. This approach was used to allow for the adoption of new innovations which can work alongside traditional behaviour change mechanisms to do the right thing reducing the incidence of bait bags and chemical light sticks recorded on waterways.
In an Australian first, it is now possible to recycle your unwanted fishing tackle at a select number of BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing stores through a new recycling pilot launched today.
Fishing conservation charity OzFish Unlimited in partnership with Tangaroa Blue Foundation are launching the program together with BCF who are opening their doors for recreational fishers to bring in their old, unwanted or recovered fishing tackle and dispose of it in purpose-built Rig Recycle bins.
The Rig Recycle concept is an initiative of ReefClean and was developed to help overcome issues such as pollution from discarded fishing gear, while also reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
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