BoatUS ANGLER: RecycledFish Stewardship Tips
Recycle Fluorocarbon and Braid
Spectra®, according to the manufacturer, is one of the world’s strongest and lightest fibers. If is 15 times stronger than steel, more durable than polyester and has a specific strength that is 40 percent greater than aramid fiber. When used in fishing lines, it provides the strength of braid with the usability of monofilament.
The strength of Spectra®, though, can be its weakness if an angler discards it in the water.
Susan Barco, a researcher with the Virginia Aquarium Research and Conservation Division, recently documented a case where a bottlenose dolphin had become entangled in Spectra®. In examining the dolphin and conducting tests comparing Spectra® to other fishing lines, Barco noted that Spectra® “was significantly more abrasive on bottlenose dolphin fluke tissue than similar strength and diameter monofilament.” She added “with the same forces applied, the Spectra® twine cut deeper than the monofilament, exhibiting a linear relationship with force applied where the monofilament appeared to reach a maximum depth of penetration of approximately 2 mm.”
Most fishing line recycling programs accept monofilament only. Line Cycle Fishing, though, in conjunction with their partner, Missouri Plastics, will recycle monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid. There are a few stipulations:
- Monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid must be separated.
- Each type of line must be labeled.
- The line must be free of hooks, lures, or any other debris.
When anglers carelessly discard fishing line, it can have devastating consequences for fish, marine life, and humans (there are documented cases of divers becoming entangled in discarded fishing line). Keep that fishing line, whether it is mono, fluoro, or braid, out of the water. Take the time to recycle it. Your local pond, stream, or ocean will reap the benefits when you do.
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