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Fishing Notes September 2007

A recycling program for monofilament

With a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water hopes to reduce the amount of monofilament fishing line in the water by enlisting individuals or local fishing and boating groups to install, monitor and periodically empty recycling bins and return their contents to a recycler.

“Discarded fishing line can last for hundreds of years, harming marine life and damaging boat propulsion systems,” said BoatU.S. Foundation Environmental program director Susan Shingledecker. “We’re looking to provide groups who have access to popular fishing spots, launch ramps or marinas, a free pre-made PVC monofilament bin and signage suitable for mounting outdoors. In return, all we ask is that you agree to keep an eye on the bin, keep track of how many containers get filled and when full, return the collected line to the recycler, Berkley Conservation.”

There are a limited number of bins, and bin locations will be determined by geographic area and demonstrated demand for monofilament recycling. For information, contact or visit