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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 25, 2011 at 9:55 AM

BoatUS and NOAA do their part to keep discarded fishing line out of the water

As part of Earth Day, the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) staff and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) leaders did their part this past week to build 400 fishing line recycling bins.

The three foot-long cylindrical bins constructed of PVC drain pipe are mounted to fishing piers, at launch ramps or marina boat docks, and are part of the Reel In and Recycle national fishing line recycling program.

The 400 bins will be given to fishing clubs, marinas and community groups throughout the United States to help keep fishing line out of our waterways where it can be dangerous to wildlife.

This brings the total to nearly 2,000 bins around the country.

“It’s our goal to make fishing line recycling as commonplace as recycling cans and bottles,” BoatUS Foundation Director of Environmental Programs Susan Shingledecker said in a news release.

In 2010 alone, the program recycled over 2,700 miles of fishing line — enough to stretch from coast to coast.

The program is funded by a grant from the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and is matched by contributions from BoatUS members.

To learn more about the program, add your name to a waitlist for future bins, or learn how you can easily build your own fishing line recycling bin, go to BoatUS Foundation website.

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