I have just collected the first batch of fishing line bins from our partners at the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT). We at BirdLife Overberg extend a big thank you and sincere appreciation for this very generous donation. We specifically would like to thank DPI Plastics for the provision of the raw material and brackets, John Kieser of PLASTICS SA for facilitating this process and the volunteers at DICT for assembling the bins.
This first batch will be set up along the Onrus and Vermont shoreline and the Hermanus cliff path. Next month’s batch will be set up in other areas.
Marine litter affects a variety of marine animals, notably turtles, seabirds and whales. Fishing line and other fishery-related products pose a major problem as marine creatures may become entangled in it and this can impede movement thereby causing body parts being lost, drowning or starvation. Entanglements off South Africa’s coastline have been reported in at least five species of mammals, two turtle species, six fish species and thirteen seabird species. Bird species most affected by entanglement are African Penguins, Cape Gannets, cormorants and gulls.
A typical example of entangement with fishing line
fishing line collected at Harderbaai, Onrus
For these reasons the erection of fishing line bins was identified as one of six projects forming part of the BirdLife Overberg conservation campaign along the Overstrand coastline. This conservation campaign goes under the name of the CleanMarine campaign. The initial aim is to set up fishing line bins at sites to be identified along the Overstrand coastline other than those already set up by the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) in the Kleinbaai and Gansbaai area. Several new sites have already been identified.
Discussions were held with officials of the environmental division of the Overstrand Municipality in view of developing strategies about making decisions about the spots where these bins will be erected along our coastline. Decisions on this will be taken now that the bins have been received. Many examples of the success of these fishing line bins have already been illustrated. Members of the Great Brak River Conservancy have collected 540g of fishing gut from such bins – this equals 2,16 km of fishing line!! International Marine Volunteers at DICT recently emptied and fixed the fishing line bins along the beach at Die Plaat and collected 580g of fishing line!
Bins being cleaned. Photo credit DICT
We have been very fortunate in receiving a sizable donation from the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) division of BirdLife South Africa and we could consider using part of this towards the production and erection of the fishing line bins. We express our sincere appreciation for this very generous donation. Kindly take note of the appeal below and assist us in deciding where these bins need to be placed.
We would like to invite you to get involved in this exciting project. All members, community participants and particularly fishermen/ anglers and regular beach goers can assist with this. Kindly let us know of important spots where fishermen/ anglers are operating, as well as spots where significant amounts of fishing line wash up along our shoreline. We thank those individual members and friends who had already responded to requests in this regard. Kindly report this, preferably with GPS co-ordinates to firstname.lastname@example.org