Waste kills beach wildlife

Coastcare Coastal and Marine manager Craig Wilson with a bag of beach rubbish. Pictures: Louise White d415942
Coastcare Coastal and Marine manager Craig Wilson with a bag of beach rubbish. Pictures: Louise White d415942

This Sunday is Clean Up Australia Day with locals urged to take part in one of more than 40 clean-ups at parks, beaches and bushland in Rockingham and Kwinana.

Among them is a clean up at Kwinana Beach at 9am, hosted by Kwinana Beach Coastcare Group.

Coastcare Coastal and Marine manager Craig Wilson said the region was home to remarkable wildlife, yet people continued to discard dangerous waste like plastics and fishing lines and hooks into the local environment.

‘We need to preserve our wildlife, we have 200 dolphins, penguins and pelicans, we need to make sure we get rid of trash and debris,’ he said.

Mr Wilson said there were tragic incidents of dolphins caught in fishing lines and a number of birds killed by discarded fishhooks or lines.

He said there was a focus on recreational fishers, both on the water and at local beaches, urging them to take their rubbish home.

‘The reality is there are always a percentage of people who don’t care and we are just trying to reduce that figure,’ he said.

– To find your nearest event, visit www.cleanup.org.au.