Great British Spring Clean Day 28

Great British Spring Clean Day 28

Day 28 of my #GBSpringClean was in glorious sunshine Charlestown VillageHigh Spring tides meant that it was possible to walk from beach to beach on the sand. There was very little debris on either beach today but I found one very nasty item that could cause injury to people or wildlife- an abandoned fishing line complete with hooks lying just beyond the harbour wall.
This is a very popular place with fishermen and I’m sure this line had become entangled in seaweed and cut free.

Unfortunately it included a lead weight, 4 large barbed fishing hooks and a long length of plastic fishing line. I walked into the line and was able to trace the length of it but it took some 45 minutes to disentangle it from the seaweed without a knife. As I was doing it I was thinking how easy it would be for a bird, turtle, seal or any marine creature to become trapped in it, the line is so strong and almost invisible. A long slow death would surely follow.
The hooks could also cause a nasty injury to a swimmer or walker in bare feet. So any fishermen reading this, please go back and retrieve your line at low tide or at least let the Harbour Master know so he can!
2 Minute Beach Clean LitterHero Keep Britain Tidy
Kirstie Newton James Mustoe Clean Cornwall
2019-04-23T16:55:05+00:00