Community urged to bin bad behaviour


‘Seal the Loop’ bins are to be installed at Moggs Creek and Eastern View fishing locations to encourage proper disposal of fishing waste and reduce threats to marine life.

Zoo’s Victoria, in partnership with Melbourne Zoo Community, have donated three Seal the Loop bins to the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) after the popular fishing spots were identified as litter hot spots.

 

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Reserves Outdoor Worker and keen angler Nick Farrant with a popular Seal the Loop bin at Fisherman's Beach.
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Reserves Outdoor Worker and keen angler Nick Farrant with a popular Seal the Loop bin at Fisherman’s Beach.

Conservation Officer Danielle Knox said incorrectly discarded fishing waste can be mistaken as food and ingested by wildlife which can be passed on to their young and result in injury or death.

“30 species of marine animals including seabirds, turtles, whales, dolphins and sharks are listed as ‘at risk’ of injury and fatality caused by ingestion of, or entanglement in, harmful marine debris,” she said.

Seal the Loop bins are already installed in Lorne, Torquay and Anglesea and research shows the bins are helping in the fight to reduce marine wildlife entanglement rates.

According to Zoo’s Victoria, a 2013 study revealed that 56% of coast users who came across a Seal the Loop bin changed their waste disposal behaviour as a result.

GORCC Outdoor Works Supervisor Phil Brown said litter was an ongoing issue on the coast.

“The litter ends up back in the ocean where it can harm both marine life and beachgoers,” he said.

While GORCC staff undertake regular beach clean ups, litter remains a problem, particularly in more popular fishing areas.

“The new bin locations have been chosen based on popular fishing spots where litter has been identified as an issue,” Mr. Brown said.

Coalmine Creek (near Moggs Creek) has been in need of a near-by Seal the Loop bin, with litter adding up. Picture: local resident, Rod Hamilton.
Coalmine Creek (near Moggs Creek) has been in need of a near-by Seal the Loop bin, with litter adding up. Picture: local resident, Rod Hamilton.

Ms Knox urged community members and local anglers to take care when disposing of fishing waste.

“If there is not a Seal the Loop bin in your area, you can ask your local council to sign up for a bin which are offered free of charge to any organisation, council or group who agree to install and maintain them,” she said.

If you notice any injured or distressed marine wildlife, please call the AGL Marine Response Unit team on 0447 158 676.

Marine animals such as seals come in to close contact with harmful marine debris. Picture: Zoo's Victoria.
Marine animals such as seals come in to close contact with harmful marine debris. Picture: Zoo’s Victoria.

For further information regarding Seal the Loop bins, including a bin registration form visit http://www.zoo.org.au/sealtheloop.

If you would like to become involved in the 2014 Seal the Loop Action Day to be held November 14, email Danielle Knox at dknox@zoo.org.au and keep up to date by searching #sealtheloop on Twitter @zoosvictoria.

 

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