Keep It Clean events scheduled for three NSW waterways

The waterways in the Hastings, Manning, and Lake Macquarie regions are set to receive significant a boost that will lay the groundwork for a more sustainable fishing future.

OzFish Unlimited and NSW DPI Fisheries are calling on recreational anglers to join this series of clean-up events that will make a meaningful difference to the health of these ecosystems.

These events are part of the state-wide KEEP IT CLEAN initiative, which removes litter and debris from these critical fish habitats.

Registration is essential, and all necessary clean-up equipment will be provided, though personal water and sun-safe clothing is advised. The details are as follows:

  • Hastings River Clean-Up (20/01/24). Meet at Fern Bank Creed Road at 9 am.
  • Manning River Clean-Up (20/01/24). Meet at Oxley Reserve at 10 am.
  • Lake Macquarie Clean-Up (21/01/24). Meet at Marks Point boat ramp at 10 am.
“These rivers are the heartbeats of these towns, and litter poses serious threats to the local wildlife and marine life in these precious fishing areas,” says OzFish Senior Project Officer Taylah Kirk.
“No angler wants to inadvertently catch a plastic bag or witness the negative impacts of litter on the environment. By participating in these clean-up events, recreational anglers actively inspire others to think locally and create positive change.”

Throughout all these clean-up events, anglers can participate in a Yabby Trap Drop Spot where they can exchange their old, and now illegal, opera house yabby traps for a free Oar-Gee Plow lure.

These initiatives support sustainable fishing practices and contribute to conservation efforts through environmental stewardship driven by community engagement.

The partnership between OzFish Unlimited and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, funded by the Recreational Fishing Trusts and Marine Estate Management Strategy, makes events like these possible.

Join us on a Fish For Life journey to preserve the beauty of our waterways and ensure generations to come can experience the thrill of the catch.