Recreational anglers on the Central Coast are being urged to help with a major clean-up of Carawah Reserve, West Gosford, on Sunday, November 19.
Through the statewide Keep it Clean initiative, OzFish Unlimited and the NSW Department of Primary Industry Fisheries are trying to involve as many fishers as possible.
“No-one wants to catch a plastic bag when they’re out on the water and we know the impacts litter can have on local wildlife and marine life,” OzFish Unlimited spokesperson Jonathon Bleakley said.
“Recreational fishers see the impacts of litter.
“And it’s not always recreational fishing litter that we’re cleaning up but by getting involved fishos are inspiring others to think local and create change.
“We simply need Central Coast anglers to come down and give a few hours to better the local environment.”
Volunteers can meet the clean-up crew at Carawah Reserve at 10am.
Look out for the OzFish signage.
OzFish will supply all the necessary equipment for the clean-up to take place, but are encouraging volunteers to bring water and wear sun-safe clothing.
Prizes and giveaways will also be up for grabs.
The community event will also be a yabby trap drop spot.
Anglers can bring down their opera house yabby trap and swap it for a free Oar-Gee Plow lure to support sustainable fishing.
Opera house nets are now illegal in NSW and those collected will be recycled into useful fishing products.
Registration is essential for the event.
For more details go online to https://ozfish.org.au/event/keep-it-clean-gosford-nsw-november-2023/?swcfpc=1
Keep it Clean is a partnership with OzFish and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
It is made possible through funding by the Recreational Fishing Trusts and Marine Estate Management Strategy.
If you would like to know more about the project or get involved become a member of OzFish online at www.ozfish.org.au or contact 1800 431 308.