Monofilament may seem like a harmless product with its translucent appearance and relative weightlessness, but it isn’t. In fact, it is a major threat to wildlife. Birds often get the worst of leftover above ground line caught in trees and other vegetation. Since monofilament is difficult to see, the birds often fly directly into it with grave consequences. Motorized boaters who encounter littered monofilament run the risk of having their motors entangled which can cause major damage to the watercraft. Kayakers can become seriously injured while floating down a river, especially if there is still a hook attached!
The above examples are just a small sampling of the damage that improperly discarded monofilament can cause. It is vitally important for anglers to take responsibility and clean up their broken line before leaving the fishing area for the day.
Monofilament is not biodegradable and, on average, takes 600 years to break down! 600 years! If an average of 10 yards of monofilament is left behind per year at a pond, after 100 years you would have 1,000 yards of monofilament in varying stages of decay. Imagine what that pond would look like at 600 years. Centuries worth of harm done to wildlife.
Fishing line that is braided or contains wire cannot be recycled. Fishing line that has a lot of growth on it or plant material mixed up with it may not be recycled as well. Therefore it is important to collect the line before you leave for the day so it can be recycled. For line that cannot, cut it up into small pieces (less than 12 inches) and place in a covered trash bin to make sure the line is disposed of properly.
Please take the time to clean up your line!