End of the Line

PVC tubes encourage proper disposal of fishing line, saving creatures' lives

Discarded monofilament fishing line is the scourge of seabirds and other coastal creatures. It can become entangled in wings, fins, and fur, restricting movement.

Hillsborough County and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful want to help prevent these sometimes fatal encounters. They are placing tubes at boat-launch sites and in waterfront parks frequented by fishermen.

The idea is for people to gather their used line and shove it into the PVC tubes, rather than toss monofilament snarls overboard or allow them to waft away in a breeze. The beneficiaries are birds, mammals, and fish that won't become entwined in the line.

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, along with Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Management and the city of Tampa, will install a total of 60 tubes in parks and at boat ramps with access to bays, rivers, lakes, or ponds. They hope groups and individuals will "adopt" the tubes, emptying and recycling their contents. Learn how to get involved.

Fishermen may place both standard monofilament and braided line in the Monofilament Recycling Bins.

These aren't the first such containers at County parks. Earlier versions were larger and people often mistook them for trash receptacles. The new tubes have smaller openings for old fishing line, and are designed to make their purpose clear.

Photo Information: The new Monofilament Recycling Bins have smaller openings than existing receptacles to discourage people from thinking they are ordinary trash containers.