Recycling Monofilament Fishing Line

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It’s rarely worth picking apart a snarl in your fishing. When tangles happen, most anglers snip them off and start again. But what happens to the line afterward is critical. Don’t toss it in the water or on the shore.

:10—People just don’t realize it can get caught up in boat motors, and it really has been quite a problem. There have been many animals that’ve been injured and killed with this monofilament fishing line.

Ann Miller is the Aquatic Education coordinator for Texas Parks and Wildlife. If you think UV rays will break down the monofilament line no matter where it is, rendering it harmless to man and beast, think again.

:16—But…you forget that many times, if the monofilament is below the water line or in the shade, those UV rays are not there breaking it down. And so, we really do have a lot of monofilament that is in the environment for many, many years.

When you cut a tangle out of your line, look for monofilament recycling containers near docs or in marinas, and dispose of the line properly. The line’s collected and recycled.

:11— The goal of the monofilament recycling program is to help reduce the amount of monofilament in the environment to help protect wildlife and fish and people’s property as well.

If you can’t find a recycling bin, then properly dispose of your line it in a trash bin. Find more information about recycling fishing line on the Texas parks and Wildlife website.

That’s our show, sponsored in part by the Sport Fish Restoration Program.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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