Monofilament line is another name for single-strand, high-density, nylon fishing line that is used on fishing reels and in the manufacturing of fishing nets. Monofilament fishing line lasts up to 600 years in the environment where it can entangle wildlife, be eaten by a variety of species, and become hazardous to boaters and swimmers.
The Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program (MRRP) is an innovative statewide project dedicated to reducing the environmental damage caused by discarded fishing line. MRRP aims to educate the public on the problems caused by monofilament line left in the environment, encourage recycling through a network of line recycling bins and drop-off locations, and help citizens host volunteer monofilament line cleanup events.
The program depends on state-wide partnerships as the key to its success.
Goals and Objectives
Long-term goal 1: Heighten awareness about the negative impacts that fishing line debris has on human welfare, marine life, and water quality.
Long-term goal 2: Decrease the amount of fishing line entering and remaining in the natural environment.
Long-term goal 3: Increase the amount of fishing line being recycled.
Strategies to reach these goals:
- Market and advertise using educational media that are appropriately designed to reach targeted audiences.
- Facilitate active participation in project activities by providing opportunities for targeted audiences to recycle fishing line, to volunteer to check or adopt bins, and to participate in debris cleanup events.
Objective 1: Increase the number of tackle shops that are hosting Berkley line recycling receptacles.
Objective 2: Increase the number of outdoor recycling bins throughout the state.
Objective 3: Increase the number of monofilament line cleanup events throughout the state.
Objective 4: Distribute educational materials that include flyers and brochures to share with targeted audiences at events and presentations.