As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, leftover fishing line can be a big problem in coastal communities throughout the United States and the world. Leftover line is nearly invisible to wildlife, who can get tangled up or actually ingest the mono-filament, both of which leads to injury, reduced reproductive success, and death.
Fishing is a huge part of the local community and economy in Destin, Okaloosa Island, and Fort Walton Beach, known together as the Emerald Coast. The charter fishing fleet is the largest in the country, plus surf and pier fishing are popular. As a result, mono-filament line is often found in the water and along the shore.
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