FISHING LINE RECOVERY PROGRAM

There is a great little program, in Texas, not many know about intended to help the wildlife and your boat motor. It’s called the fishing line recovery program and its a pretty ingeniously designed to fishing line disposabalget the public’s assistance for implementation. Sponsored by Sea Grant Texas, NOAA, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Sport Fish Restoration, Texas A&M it has no shortage of innovation but what it lacks is you! This program asks that the public become involved in various ways depending on your interests. There are six ways you can volunteer to make this endeavor by conservationists more successful. Below are a few suggestions.



      1. Sponsor a recovery recycling bin.
        Volunteers are asked to check their bins regularly and make sure old fishing line is not caught up on other debris. Also, when it is full to send the line to Pure Fishing, Berkley’s parent company, for recycling of the used line.

      2. Report tangled animals immediately.
        Animals, Fish and Birds can’t see discarded fishing line. It is easy for them to become entangled in it. Once they are tangled they will starve, drown or lose a limb. Report any sightings to Texas Parks and Wildlife website. For locating your county wildlife rehabilitator try www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/rehab/list and you should be able to find some assistance.

      3. Recover your line.
        When possible retrieve and properly dispose of any monofilament fishing line that you encounter, even if it’s entangled. A little time here could save a life.

      4. Volunteer.
        Participate in any beach or river cleanup sponsored events and focus in on any used fishing line especially. You may want to use the event to education others on this program and get them involved. Volunteer for agencies that are actively sponsoring cleanups. Sponsor an outdoor monofilament event.

      5. Be Line Conscious.
        Consider the age and strength of your fishing lines and store loose pieces. Even the short ends cut from leaders should be disposed of properly. Cut an “X” into the lid of a film or tennis ball canister to make it easy to poke the tiny pieces of line through and store this in a secure location. Make yourself a rule never to throw any kind of plastic into nature, especially fishing line. When you throw away fishing line cut it into piece of less than 12 inches to make it less hazardous.




entangled 16. Recycle.
Recycle all monofilament fishing line at your local tackle shop or in an outdoor PVC recycling bin posted at boat ramps and piers. If you see a tackle shop without a recycling bin encourage them to contact the Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program, (979)245-4100 or email J-Oconnell@tamu.edu for help.

Once you realize monofilament fishing line is not biodegradable and it will last up to 600 years in an aquatic environment you can’t help but take action. Fishing line disposed of in the trash or landfill will possibly still end up in the environment due to the wind or birds. So, please dispose of your fishing line responsibly and be a good outdoors steward.