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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 magic 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 Magic 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 Magic 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! Over 15 Schools and 10 Local Businesses are actively on board with The Seal the Loop Program. 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.

2016 - THE FUTURE

  • Welcoming all our new Schools & Businesses that have joined us this year 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@dolphinmarinemagic.com.au

Zoos Victoria Seal the Loop             Coffs Harbour City Council Seal the Loop

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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..

Connie gotsis

I brought my daughter a few years ago and she absolutely loved it. The kisses from the dolphin and seal were her favourite part and she still talks about it till today. Now that I have my son we have decided to drive up again for Christmas and have booked her in for a shallow dolphin swim as her Christmas present. My daughter loves dolphins and we cannot wait to show my 15 month old...

Tony knight

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Meredith

My last visit was a blustery day in August 1974, and we have photos of handshakes and feeding your lovely dolphins and seals. Now looking forward to bringing my kids to visit in early December! Can’t wait!..

Angela

Today i visited DMM and can not express enough how wonderful our day was. Together with my family i was able to share a shallow water experience with dolphins and seals. We were all able to receive kisses from both and feed penguins. I have been to other parks and swam with dolphins and seals but never have i been able to experience the magical encounter i had here today, all the while learning fa..

Isaac Ah Chee

This place is amazing i had the best experience of my life doing the ultimate dolphon experience and the staff were great too especially trainer Luke. I would love to work here when i am older thankyou for this awesome experince...

Amy Dye

My childhood adventure driving from Victoria to Queensland the one thing I still talk about to this day and to my children is meeting Zippy, Bucky and Calamity. Having the chance to shake fins, brush there teeth and to my disgust my mum got kissed by the seal. What am amazing experience every child should come and see the brilliant work done by all of the staff at Dolphin Marine Magic. In 5 weeks ..

Megan Karl

Our family have been visiting DMM.since 1973 and have enjoyed our visits and have watched it evolve into the great facility it is today. Always a pleasure to attend he sessssions and we recently had German visitors whose highlight of their holiday was to swim with the dolphins...

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