Each year thousands of marine birds, mammals and fish are killed or injured due to discarded fishing line in the environment. By ensuring you safely dispose of your fishing line and other fishing waste, you are helping to untangle the threats to marine wildlife across Victoria.
Hundreds of Seal the Loop bins are maintained by dedicated volunteers at fishing spots along the coast. Look for the bins where you fish, and remind others in your community to put their fishing waste in the bin.
Help protect wildlife by keeping fishing line out of our waterways. Visit zoo.org.au/sealtheloop
You can report injured marine wildlife to the AGL Marine Response Unit by calling 1300 AGL MRU (1300 245 678).
Did you enjoy learning about our amazing coast? Do you want to help keeping it beautiful and healthy? Do you want to meet like-minded people in your area?
Then joining one of the many Coastcare groups dotted all along the Victorian coastline might just be the thing for you!!!
Hundreds of groups work together to look after our coastline. Be it through collecting rubbish, weeding, planting new habitat or protecting shore birds like the Hooded Plover, there are many ways you could help. All groups are always happy for an extra set of hands – and there are jobs for all ages and abilities!
To find marine and coastal volunteering opportunities near you visit Coastcare Victoria’s website.
When we think of marking a special occasion we often think of using balloons. But not many people are aware of the impact that balloons (and attachments such as ribbon and plastic ties) can have when they enter the environment.
A CSIRO study found balloons are in the top three most harmful pollutants threatening marine wildlife for both entanglement and ingestion.
The impact balloon litter can have has been well documented in the Flesh-footed Shearwaters on the remote Lord Howe Island. During annual surveys of the colony, balloons and their attachments are one of the most readily identifiable items found inside the stomachs of both adults and chicks. Chicks are mistakenly fed the litter by their parents and can be left too weak to leave the nest. The decline in shearwater numbers on the island is directly linked to the ingestion of this marine debris, with a warning that many seabirds could be facing a similar fate.
Zoos Victoria and Phillip Island Nature Parks have launched “When balloons fly”, alongside researchers at Lord Howe Island, to highlight the impact of balloons on seabirds and other wildlife and call on Australians to make a switch to bubbles at their outdoor events.
You can be part of the solution. Visit zoo.org.au/balloons and join the growing list of people making a promise to make outdoor events wildlife friendly.