Methi project should improve the present pathetic condition of the river, but I am sure you must have seen the plastic chocked mangroves in Mhad, Manori area and do you think that would get washed in few years time??
I was saddened, seriously upset and blew-up on my last fishing trip when I saw some our fellow anglers dump plastic from the car, chewing gum wrappers and plastic bottles. What followed was a serious heated argument.
I note so many of us anglers and people who complain about the filth and pollution litter without hesitation. And I am not talking about a piece of paper or an apple core that will degrade fast, but about plastic bags, plastic wrappers, plastic bottles, bits of fishing line, just because we may be a bit winded or slightly inconvenienced at that point in time and do not want to carry our garbage to a location where it could be dumped in a proper manner.
When I question these people about their actions they have convenient excuses “Bobby show me a bin” and I say if you cannot find a Fuxxing bin take your damn garbage home or to your hotel with you and then dump it.
The usual counter is “if you are so concerned, why do you buy water in plastic bottles” that is a good one and I hate it. Because yes we could do without waste generated by plastic bottles but this is just a bloody excuse that these guys use to cover up their mess.
I know that there are people on this forum who really take the trouble to manage their garbage and there are also people who pretend that they care but do not give a damn.
I think we all need to make a conscious effort. We need to make some kind of a pledge that we will:
1) Not dump any kind of plastic in any form or metal cans or foil.
2) Discard fishing line properly.
3) Not complain about the lack of bins but carry our garbage with us till we find a suitable place where we can dump it.
I know the other excuse I will get is that how can we be assured that the garbage we dump in what we consider to be a suitable place will not be mismanaged by the person who is responsible for taking care of that garbage and it ends up down some hillside or back into the sea? To this I say, please do not use another excuse, Rome was not built in a day. Let us start small and once we do what we are supposed to do take the next step. But first, let us clean up our act.
I am curious to see how many responses I will get to this post from people saying, yes I can do this and I will, rather than another excuse. May be making a commitment in writing to our fellow anglers will help us remember after that weary treck up and over a hill to a fishing spot and after finishing the water in that now empty bottle to take it back with us instead of dumping it in the middle of nowhere just so that it would lighten your backpack by some 30 grams, save some space or make light the effort that would go into opening and putting something now usless back into your kit.