Research has estimated that three times as much rubbish is dumped into the world’s oceans annually as the weight of fish caught (Farris and Hart, 1995). We want to ensure that recreational fishing gear isn’t contributing to that shocking statistic.

We want to tackle waste before it becomes a problem, while also contributing to a circular economy by extending a product’s life or turning its materials into something new. Less waste means better habitat, and ultimately better fishing

  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Plastic fishing line spools
  • Hooks
  • Sinkers
  • Swivels
  • Lures
  • Floats
  • Hard clear plastic tackle packaging
  • Braided line

No, we want to remove and reuse as many of these unwanted and discarded items as possible. Please put any you have in the post and send them to us.  

No, we cover the cost through Australia Post using the Return Paid service. 

Choose appropriate packaging for the items. Soft waste can go in a parcel bag; if there are any sharp parts, ensure they are wrapped safely and within Australia Post guidance. Heavier items and packages with a number of items may need to go in a heavy-duty parcel bag or box. Please put a label with the following address on any envelopes or parcels you send us: 

OzFish Unlimited
Reply Paid 91075
Ballina NSW

We are currently developing a process where you will be able to drop off old gear at select locations. We will update this page once that process is in place.  

We are working with our project partners to determine the most suitable products to be created from the items we receive. We are committed to these being products that are viable and needed, ensuring they are sustainable and not simply creating more waste. 

We are committed to the restoration and conservation of healthy habitat in Australia’s waterways, and reducing the volume of discarded waste that ends up in them is a key component of that. All of the items you send us will be recycled responsibly and none will end up in landfill. 

This is our long-term goal. Once we determine what will be made, we will work with our project partners to make these items available.  

Yes, we’d love to hear your idea! Please get in touch via email info@ozfish.org.au and include your name and idea, and be sure to include ‘TackleLoop’ in the subject line. 

Yes, we’re always open to working with like-minded organisations to restore healthy habitats. Please get in touch via email info@ozfish.org.au with your information, and be sure to include ‘TackleLoop’ in the subject line.