The strength and durability that makes monofilament line perfect for fishing can also make it a hazard to wildlife if it’s not discarded properly. For the sea turtles, fish, dolphin and birds that ingest the line or become entangled in it, it can cause injury or death.
The NCWF’s new Fishing Line Recovery and Recycling Program is modeled after a program in Florida, and involves installing receptacles at public fishing and boating areas so that used fishing line can be easily discarded, collected and then recycled.
Federation volunteers have already started installing its first receptacles — built from 6-inch diameter PVC pipe — along the Catawba River. The organization has plans in place to take the program statewide.