State Agencies Initiate Fishing Line Recycling Program

Richmond, VA — The Virginia Department of Game and Inland
Fisheries (VDGIF) and Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC)
are launching a monofilament fishing line recycling program across
the Commonwealth. Both state agencies will install PVC pipe
recycling containers at public boats launches at several lakes and
rivers and coastal waters. Anglers and boaters are encouraged to
deposit used monofilament fishing line into the PVC containers.

“Part of our agency mission involves managing and protecting
wildlife populations. Monofilament fishing line poses an
entanglement hazard for both aquatic animals and birds,” says VDGIF
Director Bob Duncan. “In addition, we are charged with protecting
people and property engaged in hunting, fishing, boating and other
outdoor-related activities. Improperly discarded fishing line can
wrap around propellers, causing damage to boat motors.”

“These fishing line recycling containers encourage anglers to
dispose of unwanted line in a responsible manner,” noted VMRC
Commissioner Steve Bowman. “When you use one of these containers,
you will be playing an important role in protecting fish, birds,
turtles, and even dolphins, as well as keeping Virginia’s waters

According to VDGIF Fisheries Division Assistant Director Ron
Southwick who is coordinating the line recycling program for the
Department, “Several conservation organizations and municipalities
have already jumped on board as partners sponsoring potential sites
for the containers. Every group we have contacted to date has been
most enthusiastic and supportive. Currently, we have 50 recycling
containers ready to be installed across the state.”

Sponsoring groups include the Virginia Bass Federation, Fairfax
County Park Authority, Suffolk-Nansemond Chapter of the Isaac
Walton League, Northern Virginia Kayak Fishing Club, Orange County
High School Anglers Club, City of Richmond Parks and Recreation, VA
B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, and the Isle of Wight Ruritan Club. In
addition to providing the monofilament fishing line recycling
containers, the sponsors will help maintain the containers and
collect the used line for recycling.

Anglers and boaters wishing to recycle fishing line should
remove any hooks or sinkers from the used line before depositing it
into the containers. For the safety of the volunteers collecting
the fishing line for recycling, no other trash should be deposited
into the well marked containers.

The used monofilament line will be collected by partnering,
volunteer organizations and shipped to Pure Fishing America, the
parent company of Berkley fishing line. The recycled line is melted
down and remolded into various products, such as fishing line
spools, tackle boxes, and fish habitat structures.

Groups interested in participating in the fishing line recycling
program can contact Ron Southwick at 804-367-1292 or by

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