Park Authority Joins State Fishing Line Recycling Program
The Fairfax County Park Authority is launching a monofilament fishing line recycling program at local waterfront parks. Riverbend Park, on the Potomac River, has been a leader in establishing the plan. Lake Accotink, Lake Fairfax, Burke Lake and Hidden Pond Nature Center are among other sites planning line recycling bins. This recycling effort is part of a statewide program started by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC).
The agency plans to install PVC pipe recycling containers at areas that draw anglers, such as boat launches, docks or marinas. Anglers and boaters are encouraged to deposit used monofilament fishing line into the PVC containers.
Monofilament line can entangle aquatic animals and birds, causing severe injury or even death. Discarded line also can wrap around propellers and damage boat motors. Recycling the line is a simple step anglers can take toward stewardship of natural resources.
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 trash should be deposited into the well-marked containers.
Volunteers will help monitor and empty the recycling containers. The used monofilament line will be collected 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.
Sponsoring groups across the state 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.