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SST’s fishing line bins reach East London

Collaborating with Kwelera Nature Reserve, Cosy Corner Eco Estate, and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) between December last year and the start of 2024, SST installed seven new fishing line bins along the East London coastline.

Encouraging fishermen to use the bins to discard their unwanted fishing lines has proven to be highly effective in stopping this type of plastic waste from polluting our oceans. Littered fishing lines also have devastating effects on marine life, with many coastal birds, crabs, sea turtles, fish and marine mammals injured or killed daily because they get entangled in discarded lines and the hooks attached to them.

Since their launch by Dyer Island Conservation Trust in 2010, and with subsequent support from conservation agencies, non-profit organisations and citizens, currently there are close to 200 bins along South Africa’s coast.

Offcuts of PVC piping are used to create these uniquely shaped receptacles that have U-Bend inlets to help prevent the lines from being blown away. They are resistant to the elements and corrosion, which makes them ideal for long-term use on beaches.

SST is responsible for processing all the fishing line litter collected, as well as the maintenance of the eight bins around Nelson Mandela Bay. While we will process the litter from the new bins on the East London coastline, their upkeep and emptying will be handled by Kwelera Nature Reserve and Cosy Corner Eco Estate.

Because these bins are inexpensive and easy to make, we would like to take the opportunity to encourage fishermen and citizen scientists to consider installing them in their areas and especially at popular fishing spots.

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