Since 2008, a total of 782 pounds of monofilament line, equaling 1,060 miles of 12-pound test (the most common line used for coastal fishing), has been collected.
MRRP bins are installed at popular fishing locations and boat ramps.
Discarded monofilament line can maim or kill aquatic animals.
A Texas Sea Grant-coordinated, volunteer-led, statewide campaign to heighten awareness about the negative impacts of monofilament line debris, decrease the amount of fishing line staying in the environment, and increase the amount of line recycled.
Monofilament line is another name for single-strand, high-density nylon fishing line that is used on fishing reels. Used line can be harmful to boat motors and marine wildlife. Birds and animals cannot see discarded monofilament fishing line, so it is easy for them to become tangled in it and starve, drown or lose a limb.
The Texas Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program (MRRP) is coordinated by the Texas Sea Grant College Program. It is a statewide, volunteer-led effort to reduce monofilament in the environment by:
• educating the public about the problems caused by monofilament line left in the environment, and
• encouraging recycling through a network of line recycling bins and drop-off locations.
For more information about MRRP, contact John O'Connell, Texas Sea Grant Extension Agent, at 979-864-1558.