The Problem

Monofilament fishing line takes up to 600 years to decompose. Fishing line that is improperly disposed of in the environment can have many negative impacts on a variety of marine wildlife. Here are just a few of the startling statistics which emphasize the growing need for a solution to the problem of improperly disposed of monofilament fishing line...

- According to the Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program, from 2000-2006, 298 sea turtles were entangled in fishing line in Florida

-  Hundreds of fish, birds and even land animals are harmed due to entanglement every year.

- Boat propellers can even get entangled in discarded monofilament line, causing costly repairs for boat owners.

- When wildlife become entangled in or ingest monofilament, it can results in animals losing their filppers, tails, and wings, which can lead to drowning, starvation, and death.

From 2000-2006, 26 manatees were rescued in Florida due to entanglements. 

2006, scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory reported an unsustainable death rate in the world’s longest studied wild dolphin population, due to entanglement in monofilament fishing line and other fishing gear. 


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