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.

IMG_3623

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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: