Ibis in Tempe Reserve with a fishing hook deep in his knee joint.

Ibis with a fishing hook deep in his knee joint.  Photo taken at Tempe Reserve.

Today, Marrickville Council put out a Media Release saying that they have installed four TAngler Bins along the Cooks River foreshore – two bins at Tempe Reserve, one bin at Kendrick Park & one next to the River Canoe Club next to Mackey Park.

TAngler Bins are a fishing line recovery scheme started in 2006 as an initiative of OceanWatch Australia.  The NSW Department of Primary Industries consulted with Marrickville Council to identify where the TAngler Bins should be located.  OceanWatch Australia will collect the fishing line from the bins absolving Council from this responsibility.  You can read about TAngler Bins here – http://www.oceanwatch.org.au/our-work/tangler-bin/

So far Councils in Sydney who have TAangler Bins installed are Leichhardt, Rockdale, Kogarah, Sutherland, Lane Cove, Hornsby, Pittwater, Willoughby, Manly, Mosman & now Marrickville Council.  Litter from fishing line has become a serious issue along the Cooks River so I hope that the other Councils connected to the fishable sections of the river also get these bins installed as a matter of priority.

It is important to have sufficient bins along the river because fishing line does not degrade & has an expected lifespan of 600-years.  It is pretty much invisible to wildlife & once they get tangled in it, either lose toes or legs after months of intractable & horrendous suffering or they strangle & starve to death.  They also die of infection.

According to the OceanWatch website, the TAangler Bin scheme – “includes an accompanying education/information campaign aimed at encouraging the prevention of fishing litter.   The campaign’s focus is to help recreational fishers understand that keeping their fishing spots tidy & free of lost & littered fishing line will help preserve their fishing spots & the wildlife.”   Hopefully this education will encourage people to walk to the bins.

Thank you very much Marrickville Council.

This Ibis has shocking injuries from fishing line.  Photo taken at Mackey Park.

This Ibis has shocking injuries from fishing line. The photo doesn’t show the fishing line well, but it was wrapped tightly & deep into the ankle joint & then pulling all the toes inwards to a claw.  Line was also tight round some toes.  He could not step on the foot at all.  Photo taken at Mackey Park.

This poor Ibis has only two toes left on each foot & is still shackled by fishing line.  This bird's suffering has been immense.  Photo taken at Kendrick Park.

This poor Ibis has only two toes left on each foot & is still shackled by fishing line. This bird’s suffering has been immense. Photo taken at Kendrick Park.

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