With the welcome arrival of mackerel along the North Coast, NSW DPI is reminding anglers not to use “breakaway” floats such as polystyrene foam and balloons as these products contribute to marine litter.
It is recognised that the use of pieces of foam as floats is a particular issue during mackerel season on the North Coast. The resulting litter after the foam “breaks away” from the line is not a good look for the recreational fishing sector.
Balloons used for a range of fishing scenarios also cause pollution problems as they can persist in the environment for many months and can harm wildlife that attempt to eat them.
Using purpose designed floats is the best way to go if you’re using live or dead baits for a range of species including mackerel, tuna, kingfish, marlin and sharks.
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