It all started about midday with a call from a concerned citizen that hundreds of dead and dying animals were washing up on Jimmies Beach in Hawks Nest. This mass bycatch rescue location is about an hours drive from all our volunteers and 4 of them sprung into action preparing the water and oxygen, confirming the location and safely getting there as quickly as possible.
What they found when they arrived was absolutely heart wrenching: hundreds of stingrays, fish and sharks most of them already deceased floating around, not far from all the swimmers enjoying the beach.
Bycatch from an ocean beach haul: professional fishermen use a net that is deployed and retrieved back to a beach. After the haul the unwanted species are tossed back in, they may or may not still be alive after the stress of being caught, dragged from the ocean and sorted.