This source reduction plan was designed by participants in Albany during a workshop funded through Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA Litter Prevention Grants. It targets recreational fishing gear at Walpole Town Jetty. Discarded recreational fishing gear poses a risk to wildlife as they may ingest it or become entangled in it. The source reduction plan aims to implement awareness raising signage and to provide buckets with lids. The local council, businesses and KABC will be approached to seek funding for the infrastructure. The success of this source reduction plan will be measured during the 2015 WA Beach Clean-up event.
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.”