Please Dispose of Fishing Line Properly
This week, LMC found something incredibly sad under the Juno Beach Fishing Pier—a bird’s nest made entirely of monofilament line. In the middle of this plastic nest, was a single egg, laid by one of the resident birds.
We’re aware of the threats fishing line poses to sea turtles and other marine life under the pier, but this find shows yet another dimension to the problem. Since bird chicks are known to be entangled in nests with fishing line, the fate of this baby bird is uncertain.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center has installed fishing line recycling bins on piers and popular fishing locations around Palm Beach County. The line is then collected and sent away to be recycled. Just last week, LMC sent 65 miles of monofilament fishing line from these bins to be recycled.
How you can help:
- When fishing, always dispose of your line in the proper receptacle.
- If a fishing line receptacle is not available, dispose of fishing line in the trash.
- If you find fishing line or any plastic trash in the marine environment, please pick it up and dispose of it properly.
For more information on how to start a monofilament recycling program in your area go to http://mrrp.myfwc.com