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Marine Litter


Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has recently been successful with a $77,000 grant from the NSW EPA, to target fishing litter in and around our rivers, creeks and ocean. This project was inspired by 12 year old Shalise Leesefield and her family from Lake Cathie, who collect discarded fishing litter every week from the foreshore. Other project partners include the Coastal Warriors, The North Shore Eco Warriors, Department of Fisheries, Marine Rescue and the Port Macquarie Bluewater fishing club.

The Marine litter grant project is coming to a close in June 2019. If you do enjoy fishing in the local area please take the time to complete the survey - the results will be included in project reporting to the NSW EPA and you can opt to go in the draw for 10 $50 vouchers at a local fishing equipment shop. The survey will close on 31st May 2019

 If you are a recreational fisher or fishing in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region please help us to protect our marine life and reduce the impact fishing litter has on the environment.

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As part of the Marine Litter grant, the NSW EPA and the Coastal Warriors Community group has supported Council in purchasing a Seabin to be placed at the Port Macquarie Marina.

Seabin is a floating rubbish bin, located in the water at marinas, docks, yacht clubs and commercial ports. The Seabin moves up and down with the range of the tide collecting floating rubbish by sucking in water from the surface and passed the litter through to a catch bag inside. A submersible water pump, capable of displacing 25,000 litres per hour, pumps water back into the marina leaving the litter and debris trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly. The Coastal Warriors will collect captured materials and collect data for use in future litter programs.

The bin is now on order and scheduled to be installed around April 2019.

tangler bins.jpg Tangle Bins

New Tangler bins, especially designed to help reduce fishing line litter, have been installed in 6 popular fishing locations throughout the Port Macquarie-Hastings. Discarded fishing line doesn’t break down and is harmful to wildlife and our waterways, so use the Tangler bin for your old, unwanted or tangled fishing line.

How you can protect our marine life and environment

  • Reduce wildlife injuries by attending your lines and avoid bird feeding areas.
  • Dispose of all fishing and/or general litter in the bin or take it home with you.
  • Dispose of fish waste responsibly.
  • Use environmentally friendly fishing tackle such as lead alternative sinkers, biodegradable line, and non-stainless hooks where possible.
  • Avoid using stainless steel hooks which can take years to break down in the environment.
  • Avoid using break-away fishing floats that are non-biodegradable, or persist as marine debris, such as balloons and polystyrene blocks.
  • Collect and bin any discarded fishing line, other gear or rubbish. Where no bins are available please take it home with you.
  • Cut discarded fishing line into small pieces to avoid entanglement in case birds and other animals scavenge rubbish bins.
  • Don’t leave ANYTHING behind.

What to do for injured wildlife

Get local help for entangled or hooked birds and wildlife: 

Fawna: 02 6581 4141
For injured native animals and birds

ORRCA: 02 94153333
For injured or entangled marine mammals like whales or dolphins

Clean up results

Recent clean ups have taken place along the shore at Settlement Point, the North Shore, North Haven and Lake Cathie.

Some of the litter collected included fishing line, rope, drink containers (bottles and cans), cigarette butts, styrofoam, straws, fishing float, bait bags, shoes and much more (see photo gallery on this page).

Report littering

If you see someone littering from their vehicle, you can report them to the EPA. Fines from $250 for an individual and $500 for a corporation can be issued from your report.

To report littering from a vehicle you need to

  • have actually seen the litter being thrown, or blown, from the vehicle
  • provide the vehicle registration details and the location where the littering took place
  • report the incident within 14 days

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less Recycle More Initiative funded from the Waste Levy. 

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This page was last updated on: 10 May 2019