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Berkley Conservation Institute's Jim Martin Honored with BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award
Recycled Enough Fishing Line to Reach the Moon and Back 19 Times
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PORTLAND, Ore., October 7, 2013 – Recycling used fishing line seems easy enough. Build some recycling line containers or bins, install them at the water’s edge and teach anglers to put the used line safely inside. Since 2008, the BoatUS Foundation has helped install over 2,000 line-recycling bins at docks, ramps and boat clubs. But none of this would be possible without a dedicated partner in the fishing industry who is committed to collect all of the line and ensure it’s recycled. This partner is Berkley Conservation Institute’s Jim Martin. Since 1990, Berkley has recycled nine million miles of fishing line - enough to reach the moon and back 19 times. For his hard work, dedication and expertise, Martin, Conservation Director with the Berkley Conservation Institute, is honored with the 2013 BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award. The award was presented at the 2013 States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) Conference last week in Portland, OR.