Discarded Fishing Line

Discarded Fishing Line

Discarded Fishing Line 680 604 Layla Kirchhoff

When fishing lines and hooks are carelessly discarded into the environment they have the potential to keep on injuring and killing a wide range of wildlife.

Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council urges residents and visitors to always place fishing rubbish, including plastic bait bags and old line – in the bin, and not in our seas.

Fish and marine mammals, birds, and reptiles can become entangled in old-line or snagged by hooks, resulting in serious injury or death.

Shorebirds can become entangled in line while foraging on the shore and land birds will often attempt to incorporate old fishing line into their nests, sometimes with disastrous effects for hatching chicks.