Bins installed for fishermen

2018-05-02 06:00
New bins installed to keep the rubble away from the beaches.PHOTO: samkelisiwe gumede

New bins installed to keep the rubble away from the beaches.PHOTO: samkelisiwe gumede

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FISHING line and hooks dumped by fishermen around the Amanzimtoti beaches have been a contributing factor to the pollution on the local beaches but the Toti Conservancy and Clean Surf Project have created an initiative to keep the rubble away from the beaches.

Proudly by the Sapphire Coast Tourism, the Toti Conservancy and the Clean Surf Project has installed a total of three bins at the Winklespruit Beach in the hope of the fishermen using the facilities on Thursday, April 25.

Denzil van der Westhuizen from the Clean Surf Project said: “The whole thing about fishing lines is a real problem for us as they harm our marine life when they get sucked up into the ocean.”

Van der Westhuizen said that he was approached by the Toti Conservancy to help them and he jumped at the opportunity. “I’ve worked with the Toti Conservancy before, so together with them we took it upon ourselves to do something to help keep our beaches and marine life safe,” said Van der Westhuizen.

Van der Westhuizen also said that there were bins previously installed, but most were broken down and needed to be fixed. The process is said to take some time as they have to plan, put up new poles and concrete before installing the new bins but van der Westhuizen is aware that this will not make the fishermen throw their lines in the bins, but it is an attempt to get more of them to use the bins. “ It’s difficult to get the fishermen to throw their line in the bins, but some do and this is in hope that more of the men will utilise the bins,” said Van der Westhuizen. More bins are said to be installed at the Subway Beach, Baggies Beach and
Toti Beach area in due course. If you would like to get involved in helping or volunteering with the new initiative contact, Denzil van der Westhuizen at cleansurfproject@gmail.com

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