Summer  is prime time for boating and fishing on the Florida west coast.  That makes it a great time of year to remind water enthusiasts about the Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program.  This program is dedicated to reducing the environmental damage caused by discarded fishing line.  Every day, improperly discarded monofilament fishing line causes devastating problems for marine life and the environment.  Marine mammals, sea turtles, fish and birds become injured from entanglements, or might ingest the line, often dying as a result.  Human divers and swimmers are also at risk from entanglements and the line can damage boat propellers. Monofilament fishing line can last up to 600 years in the environment.
In cooperation with UF|IFAS Extension, UF|IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station ( ) and Florida Sea Grant  various civic and service organizations have sponsored recycle bins in Citrus, Levy, and Taylor counties. Seven bins are located along the Cross Florida Greenway Trail by the canal.  Additional bins are located at the following boat ramps:  Barge Canal Public Ramp , Hwy 40 Public Ramp at the Gulf /Yankeetown, Withlacoochee River Ramp/Boat Basin Park, Yankeetown, Jena Public Boat Ramp/Steinhatchee, Steinhatchee Public Ramp/Steinhatchee and the Keaton Beach Public Boat Ramp/Perry.  Sponsoring organizations collect, clean and cut the line to recycle size. Between January and June 2017 over 20 gallons of line has been collected from these bins.  With your help this amount can easily be quadrupled  between now and  December 31st.
Help keep waterways tangle free by recycling fishing line responsibly.

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