On 10th March 2008, Choo Teik Ju was disturbed to find a dead heron dangling from the branch of a tree in the Marsh Garden at West Coast Park (left). One of its wings was entangled by a discarded fishing line, no doubt left by an irresponsible amateur angler.
Teik Ju visits the park almost every weekend to jog and bird watch. Invariably he found the areas around the Marsh Garden littered with discarded fishing lines. Many were dangling from the branches of trees and these obviously pose a danger to the wildlife there.
According to Teik Ju, “The Marsh Garden is home to Lesser Whistling-duck, Common Moorhen, White-breasted Waterhen, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Chinese Pond Heron, Cinnamon Bittern, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, Grey Heron, Owls and Eagles.”
He contacted the National Parks Board and was informed that the park is regularly patrolled by rangers. He was also informed that fishing is disallowed in the Marsh Garden.
Anglers need to be told that they should not leave fishing lines indiscriminately around and that such irresponsible behaviour is tantamount to littering.
Besides, it is illegal to fish in the Marsh Garden.