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Seal The Loop
Seal The Loop
Seal The Loop
Seal The Loop
 

Seal The Loop

Over 1400 seals, including the endangered Australian sea lion, are killed annually across Australia through fishing line entanglement. Since 2013 Dolphin Marine Conservation Park has been proud to partner in the seal the loop program with the establishment of seal the loop nsw

Seal The Loop was initially founded by Zoos Victoria in 2010 to raise awareness of the issue of fishing line entanglement in Port Phillip Bay and address this issue through community education and the installation of specialised bins in key fishing locations. As the program grew, Seal the Loop bins spread across all the coastal council areas of Victoria.

Fishing line entanglement has always been a very important issue for Dolphin Marine Conservation Park as we are often called to rescue situations where sea birds, marine turtles or even dolphins and seals are entangled in discarded fishing line. A noteworthy example is the mother of our dolphin family, Calamity, who was rescued twice due to fishing line entanglement and who was not able to be released from the second rescue due to over 15m of fishing line which had wrapped around her tail.

Seeing the potential to save marine life, Dolphin Marine Conservation Park and Coffs Harbour City Council partnered with Zoos Victoria in 2013 to conduct a 'pilot' Seal The Loop program, installing 5 unique 'NSW Blue' Seal The Loop bins around the Coffs Harbour Jetty area.

Due to the success of the NSW program and with the support from three Councils; Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca Shire the program has expanded to over 27 Bins located between Nambucca Heads to Red Rock and with the help of our Volunteer Community Bin Collectors we have collected over 14 km of fishing line; over 2.5kg!  This Program is continuing its ongoing goal to raise public awareness of the effects of fishing waste on the marine environment; encouraging to keep our coastline clean.

THE FUTURE

  • Welcoming new Schools & Businesses who choose to join us by volunteering in our campaign to reduce fishing waste and save marine life.
  • Focus on further Community, Council & School involvement through Seal the Loop Appreciation Day
  • Install additional bins along the NSW Coastline
  • Conduct ongoing Data Surveys & collect important data

Nationally there are close to 200 Seal The Loop bins installed across Australia in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. All the Seal The Loop bins have been constructed from recycled plastic collected at Melbourne Zoo and since it's inception Seal The Loop has collected kilometers of fishing line, preventing the deaths of countless marine creatures.

If you are interested in installing or managing your own Seal The Loop bin, please contact marine@dolphinmcp.com.au

Zoos Victoria Seal the Loop             Coffs Harbour City Council Seal the Loop

 

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Tami

I seen Bucky on sash on TV just now. What an amazing spirit. I feel blessed to be kissed by a trooper. Xoxo thank you Greg for sharing an amazing dolphin. I work with Fuji and I am glad we have a photo booth for people to keep the memories. Sometimes it is all you have. I love my kiss picture with Bucky. Thank you for your photo. Paige Sinclair CEO..

Katherine Thompson

This was my last visit to The pet Porpoise pool 35 years ago I was 7. we used to go every year when I was little and my grandmother getting kissed by a seal was the highlight of the day. I loved feeding the fairy penguins and my dream is to one day swim with the dolphins. I would love to win passes to marine magic to experience it again with my family. What great memories Katherine, we hope to w..

Bianca

My mum and I just spend the whole weekend at Pet Porpoise Pool, we travel from Tweed to Coffs just to see Buck and Zip, we love them and can't get enough. Already driven down 3 times this year, and every time it's amazing. And we loved seeing all 5 dolphins in the pool, Bella's a sneaky little thing! We got drenched by her plenty of times hahaha. Great to hear you enjoyed yourselves - Paige S..

Michelle Coad

My family with two teenage children travelled from Port Macquarie to visit on 15th July because my daughters school camp to Coffs Harbour was cancelled and the one thing she wanted to see the most was the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park. We arrived late so didn’t see the dolphin show but absolutely loved seeing the seals, dolphins, penguins and other marine life with their daily goings on. We..

Amelia

I was a junior marine ranger for the whole day and it was such an incredible experience, it is definitely worth coming and having a look at, and even if you are not a junior marine ranger it is still mind blowingly awesome, one of my favorite moments there was being able to see the dolphin show and also being able to pat the dolphins belly, my favorite dolphin is Calamity because she is really..

Melissa

We visited last year and absolutely loved it! We had been to the Gold Coast and stopped over on the way home to Sydney. My 3 teenagers all agreed it was the best place we visited! We didn’t have time to swim with the dolphins but we are planning on returning this October and will allow more time. Thank you for a great experience Thank you Melissa, we hope to see you in October :)..

Rosalind Cocker

Hi my entry is not about having been there it is about wanting to see photos of my two beautiful grandchildren having fun there. We live in the U.K. our two gorgeous grandchildren EVELYN 7 and OLIVER 5 left our shores to a new life in Australia 5 years ago. It’s tough sending gifts as postal charges are so high. I saw this Park whilst looking for possible gifts I could book online for them. I ..

Kristy Atkins

This spectacular place is my absolute happy place and has been since the age of approx 10yrs of age . I moved to Coffs Harbour when I was 7. I met a dolphin for the first time and swam with them for the first time at the age of 10 and since then my passion has grown so much more . I am now 28 yrs old and living in Qld , my last memorable time was volunteering here at the park for 3+ months eve..

Jeremy Edwards

Hi, I would like to thank all the staff, that made my families day at the park on mothers day. It started with we were running late, after having to wait for a table at the cafe. I took my 2 year old to get a dolphin kiss, my wife had to go finish feeding our 2 month old. The staff at the kisses waited longer for my wife, this was much appreciated. after spending a couple of hours here we had ..

Tammy Hawkins

By far the best family friendly park for children and adults to learn and interact with marine life. The staff are friendly and helpful, willing to answer any questions. There is something for everyone at any age. Love this park. Hi Tammy, thank you for your feedback, we hope to see you again...

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