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Our survey results between January 2018 and January 2019 showed that snagged fishing tackle from recreational fishing does pose a Ghost Fishing threat to inshore reef fish.

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Strandloper Project Hike
Finding a solution for recreational fishing pollution


Gericke's PointThe survey transects at our three dives sites have revealed that recreational fishing debris, particularly debris from sports and shark fishing, do result in ghost fishing. While our focus during survey dives is on snagged fishing tackle, we can't ignore the presence of plastic pollution in the water and on the shoreline.

In an attempt to ascertain the extent of recreational fishing debris along the southern Cape, we proposed a hike between Stilbay to Wilderness. Approximately 200km, the hike will take 10 days.

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Hike with purpose

A group of six hikers will walk in stages of 20km per day to survey both washed up plastic pollution and snagged fishing tackle. In line with the name Strandloper, the hikers will also aim to forage at least one meal per day from the coastline.
Where possible, walking will occur between the high water and low water zones.


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Cleaning up with data

For regular beach hikes in the Garden Route it has become apparent that certain types of plastic pollution wash up at specific locations.

By mapping the location of various categories of plastic found on the hike we will be able to link it to possible sources and then approach respective municipalities to take appropriate action to prevent future losses into rivers and the ocean.

Plastic pollution and fishing debris will be documented using Cybertracker and will be classed in size, colour and original use and recorded with GPS location.


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Awareness Campaign

One of the main reasons to conduct the hike survey is to document the plastic pollution and fishing debris along the route.

However knowing the rate of pollution is useless unless the information is made available to the public and authorities.

To this end we will have daily updates on our Instagram and Twitter platforms as well as arrange for school groups to meet us along the route to walk with us and collect trash along sections.

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