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August 4, 2011
Divers clean up Ku-ring-gai
By Natalie Staples
THE frigid weather did not deter a group of
divers from suiting up and clearing fishing debris
from Illawong Point in the Ku-ring-gai Chase
National Park, north of Sydney, as part of a
recent training serial.
The divers from Mine Hunter Crew Two,
AUSTCDT One and the Army Diving Wing donned
dry suits and AGA masks and spent three hours in
After a concerted effort the team removed about
350 kilograms of debris, left by recreational fisher-
men, from the seabed of the popular fishing spot.
Mine Hunter Crew Two (HMAS Huon) diving
officer LEUT Scott Reynolds said it was rewarding
to help the local marine environment.
"We spend a lot of time in the harbour, particu-
larly in and around Ku-ring-gai Chase National
Park, where we see first hand the cumulative effect
of anglers discarding rubbish," LEUT Reynolds
"During the dive my team removed tyres, bot-
tles, wheel clamps, kilometres of fishing line, rope
and tackle. I'm pleased we have been able to make a
small contribution to rehabilitating this area.
"Clearing the bay also presented a great opportu-
nity to train with members of the Army Dive Wing."
NSW National Parks Senior Field Supervisor for
the Northern Beaches, Tom Szymanski, said Navy's
assistance underscored the cooperative relationship
between the two organisations.
"Illawong Point has a forest of fishing lines due
to the snags on the sea floor," he said.
"This creates a big issue for fish and turtles,
which can become tangled in the fishing line.
"Navy's assistance has helped reduce this threat
JOB WELL DONE:
Navy and Army divers
with their 'catch' after
helping clean the water-
ways in the Ku-ring-gai
Chase National Park
north of Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
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