Ghost fishing is where derelict fishing gear, such as nets and pots, continue to catch marine life leading to their death if they are unable to escape.

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Fishing Line Deposits

Entanglement in and ingestion of fishing line and plastic bags poses a huge threat to our local marine and bird life. Eco Barge has therefore installed fishing line deposits at our local boat ramps, thanks to the Reef Catchment Public Fund and the Local Marine Advisory Committee, to help educate and provide a safe place for the local fishing community to dispose of unwanted fishing line, bait and ice bags.

The fishing line deposits can be found in the following locations:

• Shute Harbour boat ramp
• VMR boat ramp
• Abel Point Marina boat ramp
• Cannonvale Beach foreshore
• Conway boat ramp
• Dingo Beach boat ramp

We are currently looking for volunteers that would like to be the care taker for one or more of these deposits to help keep them clean and provide reports on the type and quantity of litter that is collected in these fishing line deposits.

Contact us today if you are interested in helping with the fishing line deposit program.

Marine debris removed from the
Whitsunday islands since July 2009
= 174,764 kilograms