HAZARD: Hooks and lines left lying around after fishing can pose a major risk to birds and other wildlife. Photo: Contributed
HAZARD: Hooks and lines left lying around after fishing can pose a major risk to birds and other wildlife. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Call to tackle killer litter on Capricorn Coast

From The Capricorn Coast Mirror

 

LAST week's story in the Cap Coast Mirror about Pelly the Pelican, who suffered horrific injuries due to a fish hook, have stirred the community to ask fisherman and our Council to show some more consideration for our wildlife.

Pelly was incapacitated and unable to eat after being discovered with damage to the membrane at the bottom of her large beak that was torn, probably by a fish hook.

She was unable to fly, distressed, dehydrated and malnourished.

Capricorn Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association president Lou Shipway said Pelly's story was just one of many she had heard as a result of fishing tackle such as fishing line and hooks being discarded irresponsibly.

"During a recent beach clean-up I was involved in, we discovered multiple lures and other fishing apparatus that could have injured both wildlife and unsuspecting beach users," Ms Shipway said.

"It takes very little effort to dispose of these items responsibly and doing so may well save wildlife like Pelly from suffering needlessly.

"On June 12 Cap Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association wrote to Council suggesting they install purpose-made reciprocals across the Coast for disposing of old fishing tackle, thus far we have not received a response."

Ms Shipway said there were two forms of bins available for disposal of fishing apparatus, one being an on-shore bin and the other being a smaller variety of tackle bin that could be clipped on to a boat.

"The shoreline bins have already been installed in the Rockhampton region, given our seaside location, it would be fabulous to see Livingstone being proactive and installing the bins across the Capricorn Coast," Ms Shipway said.

Livingstone Shire Council Director Infrastructure Services Dan Toon said Council supported the efforts of community groups and individuals in keeping our beautiful waterways and foreshore clean of all man-made rubbish, and regularly supplied support for events such as Clean Up Australia Day.

"Council has wheelie bins located at most popular recreation areas associated with our waterways and foreshores and encourages users of such areas to take advantage of the bins currently provided," Mr Toon said.



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