Monofilament fishing line can be very harmful to aquatic species and boaters. Because this fishing line does not decompose, it will stay in lakes, ponds or oceans. Fish and other species can become entangled and this will often lead to death. Fishing line can also become wrapped around boat propellers causing mechanical damage.
A better option is to recycle fishing line pieces and keep it out our waterways.
If there isn't a convenient location for you to recycle fishing line in your community, consider starting your own recycling program at your favorite fishing site. Start by talking to your local marina, tackle shop, or fishing supply store to see if they'd be interested in starting a recycling program. The Berkley Conservation Institute makes it easy for retailers, groups, and individuals to create their own recycling collection programs for fishing line. To participate as a retailer you can request a recycling collection bin and it will be shipped at no charge. As individuals, you can mail it directly to Berkley.
Resources and examples of fishing line recycling programs include the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission's Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program and Educational Materials; Virginia's Department of Game and Fisheries Fishing Line Recycling Program, including plans for constructing and installing recycling containers; and the "Keep Daytona Beach Beautiful" school program for fishing line recycling which makes and decorates fishing line recycling containers.