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A sample of tackle retrieved.
A sample of tackle retrieved.
One of the big clumps
Garden Route National Park was pleased to be involved in the clean-up initiative

A post dive recap of the importance of removing snagged tackle from the reef.
The snagged tackle and the team.
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Snagged fishing tackle clean up

On 18 January 2018, fifteen volunteers arrived to assist with diving out snagged fishing tackle at Gericke's Point, made possible by the Sedgefield branch of Pam Golding, co-sanctioned by Garden Route Trail, and organised by Mark Dixon and Amanda Judson.

Diving conditions were poor with terrible visibility, but that did not deter the enthusiastic divers from kitting up and collecting fishing line.

After a quick dive briefing from event organiser Mark Dixon, the team entered on the eastern side of the peninsula and scouted the edge of the rock ledge.

Despite the poor visibility, a collection of fishing line, hooks, weights and spark plugs were collected.

The primary objective was to raise awareness of the accumulation of snagged fishing line on the reef and everyone diving exited the water amazed at the amount that they saw and collected.

Approximately 7kg of lead was collected, and had conditions been better, even more would have been removed from the reef.

Garden Route National Park representative Jonathan Britton complimented everyone on participating in the initiative and for dedicating their time to the project.

Garden Route Trail thanked everyone involved with a special thank you to James McNaughton from the Sedgefield Pam Golding branch for their sponsorship of bags and snacks during the clean-up.

Article from Garden Route Trail - with permission - Mark Dixon


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