We are building these fishing line containers for several locations around the park. You, your family, or group can get involved with protecting our wildlife by building for your park or fishing hole! Thanks to FLANO member for bringing this project to the group!
Program: Year of the Fish, Fishing Line Recycling
Cost Estimate: $64
Begin and maintain a Monofilament Recycling Program
Monofilament poses a huge danger to marine and human life when left in the environment. Monofilament fishing line can injure swimmers and boaters, foul boat propellers, entangle and poison wildlife, and more. Also, monofilament doesn’t biodegrade – so it last in the environment for up to 600 years. Because monofilament line is designed to be almost invisible in the water, animals will often swim into it and become entangled, or accidentally swallow it. When an animal becomes entangled, the line cuts through the animal’s skin easily. For many animals, this can mean losing a limb, fin, or a lot of blood. These wounds can also easily contract infections such as gangrene, which can cause them to die rather quickly. If an animal swallows fishing line, the animal may starve to death because it feels full, but isn’t actually getting any nutrients. Not to mention – all of this causes the animals to suffer greatly.
Taken from: (http://nmlc.org/2011/06/monofilament-recycling-program-underway/)
Determine optimal location for PVC collector containers.
Monofilament Recycling Tube Construction
Instructions taken from Fly Fishing International (https://flyfishersinternational.org/Conservation/ProjectsPrograms/MonofilamentRecyclingProject/tabid/283/Default.aspx)
How to Assemble
In the Field
How to install
Mail Fishing Line Yearly to: Pure Fishing America (Berkley) accepts monofilament for recycling. Contact Berkley at 1-800-BERKLEY or 1900 18th Street, Spirit Lake, IA 51360-1041.