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Wardell locals called to keep riverbanks clean this weekend

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Keep It Clean in NSW.

OzFish Unlimited

OzFish Unlimited – Australia fishing conservation charity, together with NSW DPI Fisheries are calling on recreational anglers to help clean up the banks of the mighty Richmond River in Wardell on Saturday June 29.

Through the state-wide KEEP IT CLEAN initiative, both organisations want to see as many anglers involved.

“No one wants to catch a plastic bag when they’re out on the water and we know the impacts litter can have on local wildlife and marine life. Clean-ups like this make for better fishing experience for all involved,” said Caitlin Berecry, OzFish spokesperson.

“Rec fishers see the impacts of litter. And it’s not always rec fishing litter that we’re cleaning up but by getting involved fishos are inspiring other to think local and create change.

“We simply need Wardell anglers to come down and give us a few hours to better the local environment,” said Caitlin.

Volunteers can meet the clean-up crew at the Wardell Boat Ramp at 9am. Look out for the OzFish signage. All the necessary equipment for the clean-up will be provided but volunteers are encouraged to bring water and wear sun-safe clothing.

All the collected rubbish is sorted and recorded at the end of the clean-up with items sent to recycling where possible. Eligible items may eventually find their way back into the hands of rec anglers through OzFish’s Tackle Loop program.

Prizes and giveaways will be up for grabs.

Registration is essential for the event. To register head to https://ozfish.org.au/event/keep-it-clean-wardell-nsw-29-june/

Keep it Clean is a partnership with OzFish and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. It is made possible through funding by the Recreational Fishing Trusts and Marine Estate Management Strategy.

If you would like to know more about the project or get involved by becoming a member of OzFish, head to ozfish.org.au or phone 1800 431 308.

About OzFish

OzFish Unlimited is a national environmental conservation charity established to improve the health of our rivers, lakes and estuaries. It is a member-based organisation dedicated to make our fishing grounds healthy, vibrant and more productive. Their active work includes; habitat restoration such as resnagging, riverbank planting, clean-ups, fishways, shellfish reefs and educational and community capacity building programs.

Key facts:

– Recreational fishers called to care for their local waterway

– Clean up Richmond riverbanks at Wardell

– Saturday June 29 at 9am

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