Seabirds and other animals like a good feed of fish too, and are often attracted to fishing activity, especially from jetties
No-one wants to lose their gear, or see wildlife entangled in a line or net or hooked unnecessarily.
Cover up your bait and be aware of what is around when you cast a line. Dispose of unwanted fishing gear properly or take it home with you – there are fishing line disposal bins at many popular fishing spots
At-risk seabirds include albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters, and other animals at-risk of injury or entanglement include turtles and marine mammals such as dolphins
If you do accidentally catch a seabird, unhook and disentangle it gently, or if you prefer having assistance and you live on Sydney's northern beaches, call Seabird and Turtle Rescue on 0438862676
Pic: Natalee Yzerman, Western Australian Seabird Rescue
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