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Reel it in clean-up leaves Bayswater foreshore a safer place

The inaugural Reel it in fishing line clean-up day at Hinds Reserve has been a huge success with more than one kilometre of potentially deadly fishing line removed from the banks of the Swan River.

The Swan River Trust teamed up with the City of Bayswater, Clean Marine Keep Australia Beautiful, Native Animal Rescue and Recfishwest to clean up the popular Bayswater foreshore and to spread the message that discarded fishing waste can kill or injure animals.

Trust Communications manager Mark Thornley said stormy conditions failed to deter a band of 50 dedicated community volunteers and thanks to their efforts the Bayswater foreshore is now a cleaner and safer place.

“It was a fantastic effort from all those involved and we hope to make this an annual event,” Mr Thornley said.

“All up, we removed more than a 1km of fishing line, 34 hooks, 148 bait bags and more than 47 bags of general rubbish including 121 cans and bottles.”

Mr Thornley said the clean-up day formed part of a larger Reel it in campaign for fishing line disposal bins installed at popular fishing locations throughout the Swan Canning Riverpark.

The fishing line bin project focuses on reducing fishing line entanglements impacting dolphins, pelicans and other wildlife in the Riverpark.

“We are very pleased with this response but the amount of fishing gear collected underscores the message about the dangers of fishing line entanglements,” Mr Thornley said.

“Since the fishing line bin trial began in December last year, the Trust has installed 22 units at jetties, fishing platforms and under traffic bridges in the Riverpark. The initial data suggests we will collect over 25 kilometres of fishing line per year.

“The program will be a success when we can no longer collect this amount of dangerous waste from our river.”

Another eight bins are scheduled to be installed at the Fremantle Port Authority and Cockburn City Council has also installed two units. The Trust has also fielded a number of requests from Riverpark yacht clubs to get involved.

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