IT’S a basic problem that still needs untangling.
Rubbish is killing marine life with fishing line among the main offenders constricting seals and penguins unlucky enough to swim into the garbage.
Melbourne Zoo has taken their fight for cleaner oceans into classrooms across Victoria, specifically picking seaside schools, such as Warrnambool East Primary School.
Animal skulls, furs and bones were laid out on the class table yesterday as students got a hands-on explanation of what forgotten rubbish did out at sea.
Melbourne Zoo keeper Sophie Douglas said at least two of the penguins at Melbourne Zoo’s marine enclosure had arrived with eyes missing because of fish hooks.
She said Zoos Victoria was taking a similar approach to other environmental groups, sharing the message with youngsters in the hope they take it home to their families.
Zoos Victoria has even taken the step of placing fishing line bins in Warrnambool and other coastal towns.
“They’re designed with recycled plastic collected at the zoo and we’ve put them at popular fishing spots around Victoria,” Ms Douglas said.
“We now have over 140. In the three years we’ve had them we’ve collected over 21 kilometres of fishing line.”
She said students and the friends of the Merri marine sanctuary would also hold an educational and ocean clean-up on November 16.
“We’re meeting at the jetty next to the breakwater at 10am. The kids from Warrnambool East primary will do a presentation and then we will do a 45-minute clean-up along the beach.”