Luca’s legacy: reel it in clean up event

Luca’s legacy: reel it in clean up event

A HUGE clean-up of the Mandurah Estuary is planned on Saturday, October 19.

Community members are urged to get involved in the ‘Reel it in’ clean-up event.

Small groups of volunteers will target beaches and foreshore areas, while scuba divers from the Underwater Explorers Club of Western Australia and Oceano Dive Centre will focus on problem jetties and platforms where fishing line accumulates in the water.

The event is being co-ordinated by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and is part of Tangaroa Blue’s 2019 Beach Clean‑up event.

The Reel it in event is part of Luca’s legacy, the dolphin who died after getting fishing line caught on his fins.

Dolphin Luca died after getting fishing line caught on his fins.

The event runs from 9am to 1pm. Registration, briefings, equipment and a first aid station will be at the Port Bouvard Yacht Club and parking is available on-site.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said discarded fishing line could have significant impacts on our wildlife, as it would not break down in the environment.

“The Department’s ‘Reel it in’ fishing line bin project provides dedicated bins for discarded tackle and bait bags at popular fishing sites and is helping reduce fishing waste entering the marine environment,” he said.

“The event is a great way to make a difference to the health of the Estuary by removing rubbish and discarded fishing waste before it ends up in the water.”

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the event would improve the amenity and health of the estuary.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who enjoys spending time around the estuary to give back to the environment,” he said.

 For more information, visit the events section at River Guardians.