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A recent survey commissioned by the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) looked at the fertiliser practices of households in the South West and Perth.

SWCC CEO, Damien Postma, says that the current trend in fertilise-wise behaviours is very positive.

“Our findings show that the vast majority of urban households are applying less than 20 kilograms of fertiliser per year and that 86% is being applied outside the winter months,” he says.

“This shows that the community is heading in the right direction.

“Urban areas contribute up to 20% of the total nutrient runoff reaching coastal waterways.  We are trying to reduce this impact through the the ‘Save the Crabs, Then eat Them’ campaign.”

The survey was undertaken as part of the Home River Ocean ‘Save the Crabs, Then eat Them’ campaign, which is currently airing on regional television and radio. The campaign urges residents to ‘hold off on the fertiliser till spring’ in an effort to reduce the amount of nutrients entering coastal waterways during the winter months.

The survey found that 95% of residents felt that the health of the rivers, wetlands and the bay was important to them and most believed that reducing their fertiliser use would have a positive impact on these waterways.

This campaign is based on the successful Chesapeake Club campaign in the United States and is supported by the South West Catchments Council (SWCC), through funding from the Australian Government and the Government of Western Australia.