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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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Write a short story, upload a photo and you could WIN free entry to the park for you and your family.

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..

Leah Bauerhuit

I last was at dolphin marine magic about 9 years ago and ABSOLUTELY loved the animals.One of my children has seen the park but not my youngest.I would really appreciate to win this as we are coming to Coffs Harbour in February......Please kind regards Leah 😘😘😘..

Annabelle Guest

I first saw the park and I was amazed I never seen a dolphin and to swim with one was the best. once you got over the cold chill of the water it was like your in a paradise. in a heartbeat, id go there again any time. Thank you Annabelle, we hope to welcome you back to the park some time soon! DMM team :)..

Karen Purchase

I turned 50 in August and I used the money from my family and friends to tick off 2 of my bucket list, to touch a seal and a dolphin. My dreams came to when I booked myself into being ‘’Trainer for the Day”, I blew my mind as I got to see everything from behind the park and how well looked after each animal, I got to walk seals an their exercise, participate in the show (I was so excited I for..

Jessica Harding

I’d love to thank Terry and his team today for all their help in making my Nan’s first time encountering a seal, a spectacular memory. My son had a dolphin encounter for his 11th birthday 8/12/18 so I thought I would get something nice done for my 90 year old nan. With struggling to walk and being elderly I emailed Terry and asked if he was able to help out in someway where we could beat the c..

Kellie

What a great park the animals are so friendly.. the shows are amazing really enjoy them.. the dolphins were awesome great day Thank you Kellie, so glad to hear :)..

Shannon

Thank you so much to the team at Dolphin magic, we had the BEST most MAGICAL time today. My 7 and 3 year old are still busy chatting about our visit, this really was a unforgettable experience and one I couldn’t recommend highly enough to both adults as well as kids. We live on the Gold Coast, but would take the 3.5 hour trip to Coffs again just to come to see Dolphin Magic!!! Oh tha..

Taquiah Lukaszewicz

Wow! What a thrilling and educating experience! The animals are all so beautiful and very well looked after ! Amazing to see such wonderful progress in helping out our sea life ! I did a ultimate experience and it was amazing! So many facts and encouragement on how to properly look after our environment , staff were amazing and just over all the best marine centre helping towards a better futu..

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