June 12, 2014
Seashore is participating in
monofilament recycling program
new partnership between Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Cape
Lookout Studies was recently established with the installation of three
monofilament recycling stations on Hatteras Island. In the
seashore, the three new recycling stations are located at Ramp 44 in
Buxton, Ramp 55 in Hatteras, and the Frisco Bath House.
volunteers, the Cape Lookout Studies organization promotes the
Monofilament Recycling and Recovery Program and has placed over 45
recycling bins across the North Carolina coast.
monofilament recycling stations, found on many piers, boat ramps, docks
and marinas, are pipe-shaped tubes with messages that convey the
importance of keeping our waterways free of monofilament lines that
inadvertently snare marine mammals and wildlife, including bottlenose
dolphins, sea turtles, birds and fish.
To date, the
organization has recycled over 1,100 miles of discarded fishing
line. The recycled fishing line is sent to Berkley Conservation
Institute in Iowa where the discarded, potential environmental hazard,
is turned into beneficial structures that promote fishing habitat
While traveling the beaches of the
seashore, either by vehicle or foot, you can support this
program! Collect discarded monofilament line and deposit it in
one of the three new recycling stations in the park.
For more information and to see a photo of a monofilament recycling, check the following websites: