Seal the Loop – reducing the impacts of used fishing line and hooks in our waterways
Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula volunteers have installed, maintain and monitor five Seal the Loop bins at popular recreational fishing locations including the platforms on the Tarwin River bank at Tarwin Lower, Anderson Inlet boat ramp at Fisherman’s Jetty Venus Bay, and Venus Bay beach 1.
Seal the Loop bins are made by Zoos Victoria from recycled plastic. The state wide program is managed by Zoos Victoria, assisted in the field by Coastcare Victoria, other volunteer groups and individuals. This project aims to reduce the damaging and often fatal impacts of used fishing line and hooks on wildlife, especially seals and birds that become entangled in the fishing line.
The Anderson Inlet bin was installed in 2010 with assistance from Coastcare Victoria and has been monitored by volunteers since then. In 2016 additional bins were installed by FVBP volunteers along the Tarwin River and Venus Bay beach. Volunteers regularly check and empty the bins to help keep our waterways safer for wildlife.