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fishing line recycling

Tampa Bay inhabitants have a long history of fishing, both commercially and recreationally. To ensure future generations will have the same opportunity to fish our waterways, it’s important to properly dispose of fishing line and gear.

image: hand pulling mono from oyster bed
image: monotube with line

About the fishing line recycling program:

Tampa Bay Watch joins the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in their statewide initiative to recycle old fishing line. The Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program (MRRP) is dedicated to reduce fishing line environmental impacts by encouraging recycling through a network of monofilament bins and drop-off locations. 

Monofilament or “mono,” is a fancy word for the commonly used plastic fishing line. It has great fishing utility, but can take over 600 years to break down and poses serious threat to birds and other wildlife. Improperly discarded mono and fishing gear leads to wildlife entanglement, accidental hooks, and ingestion.

Tampa Bay and the Gulf Coast is home and migration ground for over 40,000 breeding pairs and 25 different bird species that nest annually. In an effort to keep our waterways and bird nesting islands free of mono, we manage 200+ “monotubes” (fishing line recycling bins) and host mono clean-a-thons a few times a year.

Adopt a monotube

The process:

  1. Community members adopt a monotube in their neighborhood
  2. Empties the monotube once a month
  3. Reports data to us
  4. Cleans the line at home or transports it to us
  5. Sends off cleaned line to Berkley Fishing Company for recycling

Anglers, don’t forget to utilize those monotube bins found throughout the Tampa Bay region to ensure your old fishing line is recycled and repurposed!

Did you know...

Monofilament fishing line takes over 600 years to decompose.

Do you know of a location in the Tampa Bay region that needs a monotube? Submit a request here!

If you spot entangled marine life...

Report all entangled marine life to the FWC by calling 888-404-3922.

This program wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers!

Sign up for our email blasts (below) to stay informed on monotube adoption availability.

Email Sara Brehm with questions about this program: sbrehm@tampabaywatch.org

Thank you to the sponsors who support our marine debris program.