Fishing line recycling program returns

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Published: June 5,2009

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is reminding anglers along the Coast to drop their used fishing line in the designated recycling tubes located at piers and boat launches throughout the three coastal counties.

DMR, along with partners National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Conservation Association and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, launched the state’s first large-scale monofilament, or fishing line, recycling program in May 2008.

“The first year of the program was very successful with more than 100 pounds of fishing line collected,” said Wesley Devers, DMR marine fisheries scientist.

Fishing line is consistently in the top 10 of debris found during the Mississippi Coastal Cleanup, which is now held each year on the third Saturday in October. Monofilament is non-biodegradable and can last approximately 600 years in the marine environment.

The monofilament recycling tubes, made from six-inch PVC piping, are posted along with signs encouraging fishermen to “Help Keep Our Gulf Clean” by dropping their used fishing line into the tubes. There are 45 locations across the Mississippi Coast.

The used fishing line is collected by DMR and partnering organizations and then shipped to Pure Fishing America, the parent company of Berkley fishing line. Foreign debris is removed from the line and then the line is put through a processing machine. The line is ground into tiny pieces, melted down and then remolded into various products, such as spools for fishing line, tackle boxes and freshwater fish habitats. The recycled monofilament is not used to make new fishing line.

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