September 29, 2010 by dyertrust

Dyer Island Conservation Trust recently joined forces with Overstrand Municipality Gansbaai Administration in placing unique fishing line disposal bins.

Biologist Katja Vinding Petersen and I headed out on International Coastal Clean Up Day to visit the local angling shops and boat clubs to spread the word. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and the community very supportive of the project. We drove past the bins at Franskraal and Gansbaai harbour and were very pleased to see they are being used. Not only can fishermen use them but those members of the public who are passionate about cleaning up their beach areas.

The Trust believes it is up to us to start a campaign such as this in our area. It forms a great preventative measure and an excellent educational tool as we work with local school children in the area. The vision is to see this used along our entire coastline and the issue of marine pollution brought to the fore.

You can support this project bymaking a donation to the Trust. We will soon have a dedicated Fishing Line Programme support page watch this space.

Brenda Walters, Project Coordinator