This November, you can be part of Seal the Loop Action Day, held at multiple locations along Victoria's coastline. Join students from local primary schools and find out how cleaning up your local beach can help save marine wildlife from harmful entanglement.
Did you know?
- Fishing line entanglements result in the death of an estimated 1,400 seals every year in Australia.
- Since launching in October 2013 The AGL Marine Response Unit have responded to 15 cases of seals getting entangled in fishing line.
- Nearly 30 marine animals including seabirds, turtles, whales, dolphins and sharks are listed by the Australian Government as being 'at risk' due to the key threatening process of injury and fatality caused by ingestion of, or entanglement in, harmful marine debris.
- Three seal species breed in Australia (Australian Sea Lions, Australian Fur Seals and New Zealand Fur Seals), and all three have entanglement rates that are among the highest reported for any species of seal in the world.
How Seal the Loop bins are saving our precious marine wildlife:
- Seal the Loop bins are specially designed and installed in selected fishing locations, making it easy for anglers to ensure their waste never harms wildlife. The bins are made from recycled plastic waste collected at Melbourne Zoo.
- An estimated 23km of fishing line has been collected in Seal the Loop bins since Nov 2010.
- 184 bins across Victorian beaches and water ways.
- More than 70 government and community groups are involved in Seal the Loop across Victoria.
- A 2013 study of coast users found that 56% of those who come across a Seal the Loop bin changed their waste disposal behaviours as a result.
Ask your local council to install a Seal the Loop fishing line bin and save your local marine life from entanglements.