REPORT ON THE BIRDLIFE OVERBERG’S CLEANMARINE CAMPAIGN: PROJECT 3: ERECTING FISHING LINE BINS ALONG THE OVERSTRAND COASTLINE
Posted on the 22nd August 2019
PROJECT 3: ERECTING FISHING LINE BINS ALONG THE OVERSTRAND COASTLINE
The last ten fishing line bins will be set up at previously identified spots along the Hermanus cliff path and at Sandbaai soon. This will imply that the entire Overstrand coastline will be covered after employees of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) had covered most areas east of Hermanus and we had systematically worked the rest. Regular media releases and radio interviews will continue as and when needed.
We have been very fortunate in receiving a donation from the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) division of BirdLife South Africa for this project. DPI Plastics donated the materials for the construction of the bins. We express our appreciation for these donations. Brenda du Toit of DICT, John Kieser of Plastics SA and Mark Brown of the Nature’s Valley Trust are thanked for their ongoing support and guidance with the establishment of this project. We also thank club members Jenny Parsons, Carl Swart, Frank Spratt and Tom Casey for their practical support on the ground.
The tragic death of a cormorant due to entanglement with fishing line
The first batch of fishing line bins received from DICT
Fishing line bin at Onrus beach
Fishing line being removed from bin. Photo credit: DICT