Fishing Line
Photo Credit: Dyer Island Conservation Trust

Plastics SA shared the happy news that they helped sponsor some of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s Fishing Line Bins.

 

South Africa (02 December 2022) – The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has a few innovative “Clean Marine” projects that prevent harmful pollutants from ending up in the ocean. In 2019, we shared the storm drain nets installed around Gansbaai, which has proven to be a success; now the team also manage fishing line bins that are placed in areas where fishing is popular.

Sadly, irresponsibly discarded fishing line causes havoc for wildlife, entangling animals and causing slow, painful deaths. To combat this, the Trust launched the Fishing Line Recovery and Recycling Programme in Gansbaai in 2010.

The concept is simple; they make up a bin system from PVC pipes which enables a fisherman to discard the fishing line knowing it won’t blow away.

“The Fishing Line Recovery and Recycling Programme uses PVC pipes to create receptacles that stand 60 cm high and are erected at beaches around the country as repositories for used, discarded monofilament fishing line. The programme increases public awareness of the negative impacts of fishing line debris and encourages correct disposal by placing a network of the fishing line bins strategically along the coastline. Since the launch of the project in 2010 in the Gansbaai area, it has expanded countrywide and has met with overwhelming support by anglers, boaters and local communities.

The DICT assembles and distributes the bins through a partnership with the Marine Dynamics International Marine Volunteer Programme. The material for the bins is sponsored by MacNeil as arranged by Plastics SA. The GPS position of each bin is entered into a database to allow for the creation of a map to indicate where fishing lines bins are available and which organisation is responsible for the maintenance and emptying of the bins.”

Plastics SA confirmed they were able to assist with bins along the Limpopo River thanks to the Timbavati Foundation, as well as Elephant Eco Rock Estate, the Acronhoek area and Klaserie Nature Reserve – to name a few.

The popularity of these fishing line bins is growing! You can find a map of all current locations here.


Sources: DICT / Plastics SA – Newsletter
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