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Timely reminder after fine for littering from a motor vessel

28 March 2013

Tasmanians are reminded to bring their rubbish ashore and dispose of it properly after a fisherman was fined for littering from a boat off the State’s East Coast.

Director of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Alex Schaap said the incident occurred in the Wineglass Bay area in February this year.

“Staff in the EPA Division investigated the incident after a report of crew members throwing beer cans from the vessel was lodged via the Litter Reporting System,” Mr. Schaap said.

“After the incident was verified by EPA staff, the man who owned the commercial vessel was issued a $260 Litter Infringement Notice.”

“It is important to remember that under the Litter Act 2007 boat owners are liable for littering from their vessels,” Mr. Schaap said.

“The registered number or name of the boat can be provided to the Litter Reporting System in the same way as reporting littering from a motor vehicle.”

“The Easter holiday is traditionally a time when many Tasmanians decide to take to the water and we want to remind everyone to dispose of litter responsibly.”

“We encourage members of the public to report incidents of littering from vessels to the Litter Hotline on 1300 135 513,” Mr. Schaap said.

New litter laws were introduced in January 2008 and since then 3664 litter reports have been made to the Litter Reporting Hotline, resulting in 2018 infringement notices, 146 written warnings and seven abatement notices being issued.

Mr. Schaap said February this year had been a particularly busy month, with 80 litter reports received.

Anyone witnessing littering in Tasmania can report it to the Look Who’s Littering online reporting system