Discarded fishing gear kills hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds each year. Around 640,000 tonnes of fishing equipment are left in oceans annually. This picture was taken at our local no-take aquatic reserve "Cabbage Tree Bay" in Manly.
We often find fishing lines, sinkers and hooks in this area. People are not permitted to fish by any method, harm marine animals or plants, or collect marine organisms whether dead or alive in the area. The reserve covers about 20ha, including the entire bay, rocky shores and beaches from the southern end of Manly Beach to the northern end of Shelly Beach Headland.
If you see someone doing the wrong thing please report it by using this link or call 1800 043 536.
Remember the info needed is
1. the time and date you saw the activity
the type of activity you saw (for example, abalone theft, lobster theft, taking protected fish)
2. a description of the activity
the make, model or registration details of any vehicles or vessels involved in the activity (if possible)
3. the Fisheries Compliance Zone
the location of activity (description as accurate as possible)
4. your contact details (optional).
Discarded fishing equipment can remain in oceans for up to 600 years.
Pic: Louisa Xu
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