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THE ROAD TO AUSTRALIA’S FISHING FUTURE

We are dedicated to safeguarding the natural beauty of our waterways and fostering sustainable practices within the recreational fishing community. With our comprehensive litter prevention programs, recycling initiatives and circular innovation we are taking proactive steps to tackle the big issue of litter in the industry and promote responsible fishing practices.

We are on a journey to try and find more solutions. It means collaborating with others to change the way the industry works, empowering fishers, and creating the environment and infrastructure required for the recreational fishing sector of the future.

 


We organise regular litter clean-up events across Australia, bringing together passionate individuals who share a common appreciation of our waterways. These clean-ups are our foundations and by taking part you become an integral part of our collective effort to keep our rivers, lakes, and coastal areas clean and litter-free.


We are committed to reducing waste and promoting a circular industry which we believe will drive change for innovative product development. Through our recycling and reuse initiatives, we encourage anglers to properly dispose of fishing gear, recycle plastic and other materials and are exploring innovative ways to repurpose fishing-related items to other Australian charities.


We advocate for sustainable fishing practices that ensure the long-term health and abundance of fish populations. Through educational resources, workshops, and guidelines, we empower recreational anglers to make informed decisions and minimise their impact on the ecosystem.

Tackling Litter Projects

The Great Aussie Crab Pot Recovery

The Great Aussie Crab Pot Recovery

OceanEarth Foundation, in partnership with OzFish Unlimited, are on a mission to remove abandoned, lost, and discarded fishing gear (ghost gear) from our delicate marine environments. For years we have been hearing about piles of abandoned crab pots accumulating in popular fishing spots in the ...

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Keep It Clean

Keep It Clean

Each time you go fishing is an opportunity to make a difference and the Fish For Life – Keep It Clean campaign encourages exactly that. Be part of making a difference use the hashtag #FishForLifeKeepItClean, share the videos, and show Australia just how much our waterways mean to recreational ...

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Yabby Trap Round Up

Yabby Trap Round Up

An initiative by OceanEarth Foundation, through its Ghostnets Australia program, in collaboration with OzFish Unlimited, The Yabby Trap Round-Up is collecting all old and unwanted yabby traps to protect the future of fishing and the health of our waterways. The traps collected will be recycled ...

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Tackle Loop

Tackle Loop

Tackle Loop is OzFish’s solution to provide a home for recreational fishers’ old, unwanted, and broken gear. Working with our partners, we will take in old and discarded gear before ensuring it is recycled instead of polluting Australia’s waterways or ending up in landfill.

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Inland Fishers Tackle Litter

Inland Fishers Tackle Litter

OzFish is tackling the litter problem in the Wambuul Macquarie River, starting with building a business case for litter prevention projects in the area. This will provide an understanding of the extent of the litter problem – how much litter is entering the river, from where, and why – enabling ...

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Tangle Bins

Tangle Bins

OzFish Tangle Bins are now available to target areas and interested OzFish Chapters who have local fishing spots that are plagued by incorrectly disposed litter. The bins will give fishers the ability to do the right thing and put their discarded tackle and washed out bait-bags into a purpose ...

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Wasted Waterways Clean-up Days

Wasted Waterways Clean-up Days

OzFishers all over Australia host waterway clean-up events any day of the year to ensure recreational fishers are contributing to do more than they take. They use a clean-up as an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, but also to discover and discuss the impacts and outcomes of our ...

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Know Your Knots

Know Your Knots

We’ve found something that every fisher can do to reduce the fishing litter in our waterways. It’s super simple – know your knots! If you’re good at tying on your rigs and lures, you’ll lose less! We have created some handy ‘how to’ videos and instructions on how to tie a few useful fishing ...

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HOW BAD IS IT?

Litter in our local waterways is impacting fish through pollution of habitats, entanglement and mistaken for food, gathering in fish stomachs and starving them slowly. It also impacts our fishing experience, reducing our enjoyment of the natural environments we fish in, reducing fish numbers and even making some fishing spots difficult to access.

UNEP reported in 2005 that entanglement and ingestion are the primary types of direct damage to wildlife caused by marine litter; it can smother seabeds and it is a source of toxic substances in the marine environment. Microplastics ingested by fish is a quickly emerging issue, with plastic pieces commonly found in the stomachs of many types of fish. It has been suggested that plastics accumulating inside the fish hamper their ability to buoyancy control, cause internal ulcerations, partial blockages of digestive tract and impair the satiation signal resulting in starvation. Further studies are being conducted into plastic toxicity to fish, but it is likely that liver toxicity is a common result of plastic chemicals ingested.

Faris & Hart (1995) reported that it is estimated three times as much rubbish is dumped into the world’s oceans annually as the weight of fish caught.

Listen to the latest OzCast on Litter

OZCAST Eposide 1 | Are we eating rubbish?

This OzCast takes a look below the surface of our litter problem in Australia and chats to internationally recognised veterinary scientist Dr Matt Landos. Contaminants, like plastic and other chemicals derived from human activities, enter waterways and impact ecosystems. This episode uncovers more to our litter problem than what meets the eye, as the conversations examines the lifecycle of these contaminants, like plastics and how their properties affect behaviours and reproduction of both fish and humans. Matt breaks down what effect different chemicals can have on living organisms and highlights the way they travel between waterways and across lands without us ever knowing.

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At OzFish we are incredibly proud of the efforts undertaken by so many of our OzFish volunteers to clean up our waterways and be the next generation of fishers, our waterways need help now more than ever. And you can help.

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