Receptacle at Morrison Dam for abandoned fishing tackle

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Blue Fish Canada has donated a receptacle for discarded fishing tackle at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area, east of Exeter.

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Acceptable items include fishing line, soft plastic bait, hooks, sinkers and jigs.

Matt Fryer of Lucan is the Vice President and Director of Conservation for Forest City Bassmasters and installed the Fishing Tackle Recycler on July 26, 2021 near the fishing pier.

Many birds, crayfish, turtles and other aquatic species are injured or killed each year because of fishing line and its hooks and accessories that have been improperly laid along shorelines, caught in trees or left from boats at sea. ‘water.

Fishing line entangles animals, making them vulnerable to predators, starvation and drowning. As they struggle, the line tightens, interrupting circulation, and can sever wings or legs.

Hooks can damage eyesight and, if swallowed, can damage the mouth and beak.

“We appreciate the generosity of Blue Fish Canada who provided the container, and Matt’s time to set up and monitor the container and empty the contents,” said Kate Monk, Stewardship, Lands and Education Manager at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

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