Muskoka Conservancy has launched a fourth location for fishing line recycling in Muskoka.
“Improperly disposed fishing line is a problem for birds, turtles, and fish because when they encounter it, they can become tangled up and get injured or drowned.” said Ayden Veitch, Program Coordinator at Muskoka Conservancy. “This program will help prevent discarded fishing line from entering the water in the first place.”
There are already recycling stations at three locations in the Bracebridge and Gravenhurst area. The Wharf and George Road boat launch in Bracebridge, and the public boat launch at Gravenhurst’s wharf. The fourth location will be at the Church Street boat launch on Gull Lake in Gravenhurst.
“Very nice, very exciting for a young person to come up with ideas on how to protect the environment,” said Coun. Sandy Cairns. “It’s only the second in Gravenhurst but I’m sure we will see more.”
During the year anglers can throw their worn-out or tangled line in the recycling tubes. At the end of the season, the fishing line will be collected from these locations and sent to Berkley Fishing where it will be recycled and used to make new plastic products, such as Berkley Fish Habitats.
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