Abandoned fishing line damages coral colonies and entangles sea turtles, monk seals, manta rays, and other marine animals. Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute (MOCMI) seeks to prevent pollution and decrease harmful interactions between marine life and discarded fishing line through the establishment of the Fishing Line Recycling Program.
Recycling bins and instructional signage are installed in high-traffic, recreational fishing locations along Maui’s shoreline, harbors, and boat ramps. The Fishing Line Recycling Program provides an easily accessible method for fishers to take a hands-on approach to prevent pollution by properly discarding their tangled line.
Recycling bin locations. August 10, 2018.
The fishing line will be routinely collected from the recycling bins, sorted of hooks and weights, and shipped to the Berkley Conservation Institute where it will be melted down and made into fish habitat structures and other repurposed equipment.
MOCMI will monitor the bin locations and perform bi-weekly shoreline and underwater surveys to collect and document discarded fishing line and other fishing debris. The data obtained will be used to measure the program’s success over time.
If you fish on Maui, please take a minute to fill out our survey – link below. Your perspectives are invaluable and we appreciate any feedback that you would like to share about improving our Fishing Line Recycling Program or otherwise.