Thanks for your interest in getting involved with the Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program! Here are some steps that you can take to help keep fishing line out of our environment.
There are many things that you can do to help keep line out of the environment.
- Build your own Monofilament Recycling Bin:
How to Make your Own Recycling Bin
- Adopt a Monofilament Recycling Bin:
Check a bin at regular time intervals for recycled fishing line. Ship line directly to Berkley or take it to a participating tackle shop.
- Volunteer at a Local Cleanup or Host your Own:
Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup
Keep America Beautiful
- Recover Fishing Line:
Whenever possible, retrieve and properly dispose of any monofilament line that you encounter, even if it is not yours. You can even make your own line holder by cutting an 'X' into the lid of a tennis ball canister or coffee container to make it easy to poke the pieces of line through. It is particularly important to take the time to remove monofilament from mangroves because mangroves are a crucial part of coastal areas, and the slightest imbalance can take a heavy toll on these fragile ecosystems. This is especially true as these areas are breeding grounds and nurseries for a variety of marine organisms as well as serve as a buffer between the land and the sea, helping prevent coastal erosion.
- Be Line-Conscious:
- Consider the age of your line and its strength, and keep track of and store loose pieces of fishing line.
- Check line frequently for frays that may break easily.
- Don’t leave bait unattended since birds may attempt to take the bait from the line.
- Cast away from trees, utility lines, and other areas where line may get caught.
- If you fish from a boat, make it a boat rule not to throw any kind of plastic or trash overboard, especially monofilament line.
- Recycle Fishing Line:
Use PVC recycling bins located at boat ramps and piers or visit a local tackle shop with a line recycling bin. If the tackle shop you visit does not have a recycling bin, encourage them to participate in the MRRP program by contacting Marine@myfwc.com.
- Educate Other About the Importance of Fishing Line Recycling
- Make a Dontation to Support this Program
Send monetary donations to:
Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Programs
2590 Executive Center Cir. E. Suite 204
Tallahassee, FL 32301
- Donations can be made out to Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida (note “MRRP” on the check).
- Monetary donations can also be made at FishWildlifeFlorida.org/Programs by clicking on “Conservation Partner” and noting on behalf of “MRRP.”
- The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. FEIN 59-3277808.
For information, contact Elizabeth Winchester at (850) 487-0554 or Marine@MyFWC.com