Help reduce wildlife drowning in yabby traps

Do you use a yabby trap? Platypus, turtles, water birds and other wildlife can become trapped in opera house-style yabby traps and drown.

How you can help

  • Don’t use any yabby traps in streams east of the Newell Highway and between the Newell Highway and Echuca (Ec) Stevens Weir (SW) and Darlington Point (DP)
  • In areas where they are permitted, always use yabby traps fitted with a 9cm rigid ring (coathanger wire) in any entrance funnel
  • Check your traps at least every 24 hours

To minimise this unwanted damage to our unique wildlife, users of yabby traps are asked to follow recommendations below.

Modify your yabby traps

If your traps don’t have rigid metal or plastic rings on the entrance funnels with a diameter of 90 mm or less, fit rings as described below. These rings will restrict wildlife such as turtles and cormorants from getting into the traps. You will not lose your bait from the traps as often, and your yabby catches will not be reduced.

Steps

A. Cut a 30 cm length of coathanger wire and bend the ends.
A. Cut a 30 cm length of coathanger wire and bend the ends.

B. Form a ring.
B. Form a ring.

C. Thread the wire into the mesh of the yabby trap entrance funnel.
C. Thread the wire into the mesh of the yabby trap entrance funnel.

How to fit the rings

The simplest way to fit metal rings to traps that don’t have them is to take a 30 cm length of stiff wire, eg coathanger wire.

At each end fold a 1 cm length of the wire over to form a hook. Bend the wire into a circle and thread through the mesh of the yabby trap entrance funnel about halfway along the funnel to form a vertical ring around the funnel.

Hook the two ends of the wire together and crimp down the ends with pliers.

You have now modified one entry funnel. Do the same thing with the other funnel, and your trap is now less harmful.An unmodified yabby trap is a hazard to wildlife

An unmodified yabby trap is a hazard to wildlife.

It is important to remember that even modified traps will not keep platypus out. Don’t use traps in platypus waters.