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Yamba locals called to keep riverbanks clean this weekend

OzFish Unlimited 2 mins read
Keep It Clean in NSW.

OzFish Unlimited – Australia fishing conservation charity, together with NSW DPI Fisheries are calling on recreational anglers to help clean up the banks of the mighty Clarence River in Yamba on Saturday July 6.

Through the state-wide KEEP IT CLEAN initiative, both organisations want to see as many anglers involved.

“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. Clean-ups like this make for better fishing experience for all involved,” said Caitlin Berecry, OzFish spokesperson.

“Rec fishers see the impacts of litter. And it's not always rec fishing litter that we’re cleaning up but by getting involved fishos are inspiring other to think local and create change.

“We simply need Yamba anglers to come down and give us a few hours to better the local environment,” said Caitlin.

This clean up and it's follow up event scheduled for early September are part of a wider project OzFish is running in collaboration with the Yaegl Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (Yaegl TOAC).

The project aims to restore saltmarsh and mangroves in the Clarence River Estuary, which are culturally and ecologically important native title sites on Yaegl Country.

These habitats are absolutely vital for a healthy fishery, with Clarence saltmarshes being valued at $25,741 per hectare – showing just how productive they really are.

Volunteers can meet the clean-up crew at the dirt park by the Oyster Channel Bridge at 9am. Look out for the OzFish signage. All the necessary equipment for the clean-up will be provided but volunteers are encouraged to bring water and wear sun-safe clothing.

All the collected rubbish is sorted and recorded at the end of the clean-up with items sent to recycling where possible. Eligible items may eventually find their way back into the hands of rec anglers through OzFish’s Tackle Loop program.

Prizes and giveaways will be up for grabs.

Registration is essential for the event. To register head to https://ozfish.org.au/event/keep-it-clean-yamba-nsw-6-july/

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 by becoming a member of OzFish, head to ozfish.org.au or phone 1800 431 308.

ENDS

Interviews available.

High res images available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/33096slvewg6t37/AABf5pEDcAfJkSdwQB4gVlRva?st=wwapex1e&dl=0

 


Key Facts:

- Recreational fishers called to care for their local waterway

- Clean up Clarence riverbanks at Yamba

- Saturday July 6 at 9am


About us:

About OzFish

 

OzFish Unlimited is a national environmental conservation charity established to improve the health of our rivers, lakes and estuaries. It is a member-based organisation dedicated to make our fishing grounds healthy, vibrant and more productive. Their active work includes; habitat restoration such as resnagging, riverbank planting, clean-ups, fishways, shellfish reefs and educational and community capacity building programs.


Contact details:

Zoe White | Senior Project Officer – NSW North Coast
0433 298 359 | zoewhite@ozfish.org.au 

Ryan Lungu - OzFish Program Manager - NSW Coasts
0432 012 547 | ryanlungu@ozfish.org.au

Caitlin Berecry - OzFish Social Media & Content Manager
0448 200 822 | caitlinberecry@ozfish.org.au 

 

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