Seal the Loop bins are saving our precious marine wildlife.
Wildlife in marine and aquatic environments are impacted by dangers such as entanglement caused by discarded fishing line and other materials.
Fishing line entanglements result in the deaths of an estimated 1,400 seals every year in Australia.
The Seal the Loop program has resulted in 300 brightly coloured bins popping up all around Victoria’s coastline. By providing anglers at popular fishing spots with a place to responsibly dispose of their fishing line, we can prevent this potentially harmful material from entering the marine environment.
Made from recycled plastics, the bins also contain messaging to help promote responsible disposal of fishing materials and advice for what to do if someone sees injured wildlife. A 2013 study of coast users found that 56% of those who came across a Seal the Loop bin changed their waste disposal behaviours as a result.
Coastcare Victoria is the official partner for Seal the Loop.
As an organisation with a network of over 330 coastal volunteer groups, they play a key role in promoting and expanding the campaign into new locations and lead an annual assessment of the bin collections to measure the amount of fishing waste collected.
Install, use or maintain a Seal the Loop fishing line bin.
Currently more than 260 Seal the Loop bins are found along Victoria's coast and waterways.
You can ask your local council or community group to install a Seal the Loop fishing line bin and help save your local marine life from entanglements.
Seal the Loop bins are monitored and emptied through the amazing work of local bin custodians.
These custodians also provide us with important information to help measure the amount of fishing material collected each year. Since the program started in 2010, the bins have collected an estimated 70 km of fishing line!
Already a Seal the Loop custodian?
Want to help out?
Are you interested in getting a Seal the Loop fishing line bin installed near you and managing the maintenance of your bin? Complete this registration form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note bins are currently unavailable for distribution, but we are still receiving applications and will distribute bins as soon as possible.