It may not seem like much, but fishing line can be a deadly form of litter. Birds and other marine life often don't see the thin, clear strands, and can become entangled or accidentally eat it, often resulting in serious injury or death.
Also known as 'ghost gear,' discarded fishing line and tackle contributes to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of birds, turtles, fish and other marine life—with larger gear such as nets trapping creatures as large as whales—resulting in slow, agonizing demises, according to World Animal Protection. ABC reported last year that the organization estimates that as much as 640,000 tonnes of such gear is left in the oceans each year, and can remain there for up to 600 years.
That's why St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and Florida Fish and Wildlife have joined forces to participate in the Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program (MRRP). According to a release, monofilament recycling stations can now be found at these locations in St. Johns County:
· Boating Club Road Boat Ramp: 615 Boating Club Rd., St. Augustine
· Doug Crane Boat Ramp: 1039 Shore Dr., St. Augustine
· Exxon Beach Access: 2700 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach
· Moultrie Creek Boat Ramp: 4805 Shore Dr., St. Augustine
· Palmo Road Boat Ramp: 8600 Palmo Fish Camp Rd., St. Augustine
· Palm Valley Boat Ramp: 383 S. Roscoe Blvd., St. Augustine
· Porpoise Point Beach Access: Porpoise Point Dr., St. Augustine
· Riverdale Park Boat Ramp: 981 CR 13, Fruit Cove
· Shands Fishing Pier, 10000 Shands Pier Rd., St. Johns
· St. Johns County Ocean Pier: 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine
· Trout Creek Park Boat Ramp: 6795 Collier Rd., Orangedale
· Usina Boat Ramp: 603 Euclid Ave., St. Augustine
· Vaill Point Park Fishing Pier: 630 Vaill Point Rd., St. Augustine
· Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, 260 Vilano Rd., St. Augustine
· Vilano Boat Ramp: 101 Vilano Causeway, St. Augustine
"Almost all of the bins were donated by FWC. Between myself and volunteers from the GTM Research Reserve, we will all work together to empty the bins to cut down on monofilament trash that ends up in the water," said Kelly Ussia, park naturalist for SJC Parks and Recreation via press release. "Now it's even easier to keep our waterways tangle-free."
Every little bit helps.