Cleaning up the harbour

The Fisheries Division of the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) was out on the water assisting in the eighth annual Darwin Harbour clean-up.

DPIR’s Aquatic Resource Management Officer Brenton Cardona took part in the event on Wednesday 19 July and was assisted on board the boat by two Larrakia rangers.

“We like to get out on the water for the clean-up each year and do our bit for the health of the harbour,” Mr Cardona said.

“It also presents a good opportunity for Fisheries to get to some of the locations we don’t regularly get a chance to visit and have a look for anything out of the ordinary, which we might not otherwise have the opportunity to do.”

The Northern Territory Seafood Council reported that 4.2 tonnes of rubbish was collected this year with an increase in the number of heavy items pulled from the water, including 27 car tyres, a flat screen television, mattresses and an arm chair.

The Fisheries’ boat recovered six abandoned crab pots and pulled fishing line and dozens of lures from trees.

Mr Cardona said cigarette butts, broken glass and drink cans were among the more common items pulled from the water on Wednesday.

He stressed the importance of doing your bit to keep rubbish out of the water when out fishing.

“The vast majority of Top End recreational fishers do the right thing when they’re out fishing and take their rubbish with them, but it’s always good to be reminded to think ahead and make sure you have appropriate rubbish storage on board your boat or in your car.”

The harbour clean-up is an annual event run by the Northern Territory Seafood Council to remove rubbish from the waters and coastline of the harbour and raise awareness of the effects of rubbish entering the waterways.

This year more than 150 people helped out to clean up the harbour across 10 land and four water-based sites.

For information about recreational fishing visit nt.gov.au or download the NT Fishing Mate app.

An abandoned crab pot is pulled from the harbour
An abandoned crab pot is pulled from the harbour