Maui Ocean Center Marine Institute seeks to prevent pollution and decrease harmful interactions between marine life and discarded monofilament fishing line through the establishment of the Maui Monofilament Recycling Program (MMRP).
Monofilament fishing line entanglement is a significant threat to endangered species throughout the Hawaiian Islands. While the line entangles many forms of marine life, including monk seals, seabirds, and coral colonies, our focus with this project is Maui’s sea turtle populations.
The program will provide an easily accessible method for fishers to take a hands-on approach to preventing pollution by properly discarding their tangled line. Monofilament recycling bins and instructional signage will be placed in high-traffic, recreational fishing locations along the coastline, boat ramps, and harbors of Maui.
The line will be routinely collected, sorted of hooks and weights, and shipped to the Berkley Conservation Institute where it will be melted and made into fish habitat structures and other repurposed equipment.