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Fishing Line Recycling Program

Did you know you can recycle your used fishing line?

Look for these stations along Camden County Waterways!

Fishing Line Recycling Stations are positioned by Coastal DNR and Maintained by Camden County 4-H & Extension.

Follow this link for a map of area stations: 

Fishing line will be sent back to Berkley Fishing Line to be recycled into fish habitats.

The Problem

Monofilament is a strand of strong, flexible plastic used for fishing, and the majority of it is non-degradable in water, lasting about 600 years! Monofilament thrown in garbage cans can still pose a threat when blown out by the wind or taken out by wildlife scavengers. Wildlife monofilament entanglements result in drowning, starvation, or loss of flipper or tails. Wildlife ingestion of fishing line often results in illness and death. Abandoned fishing line often poses a threat to divers who become entangled and drown. Boaters are all too familiar with the costly repairs required when discarded fishing line entangles their propellers.

What Can You Do?

Don’t leave your line behind. If you have unwanted line, store it safely and securely until it can be placed in a recycling receptacle.                                          Never leave fishing line unattended.                                                                                                                                                                          Cast with care! Survey the area before you cast your line to avoid trees, utility lines, reefs, wildlife, and other anglers.                                                            Avoid casting with dolphins present – they will try and take your bait.                                                                                                                          Collect discarded line, debris, and other abandoned fishing gear and drop it off at the nearest outdoor recycling bin or local participating tackle shop.     Maintain your line – check your terminal tackle frequently for frayed line.                                                                                                              Participate in monofilament recycling programs and/or local cleanup efforts.                                                                                                                    Do not feed wildlife as it encourages animals to approach fishing boats and anglers.