Monofilament

 Sea Grant's monofilament fishing line recycling project

Sea Grant's monofilament fishing line recycling project

About

Monofilament is found primarily in the form of fishing line. The synthetic fiber material can last in the environment for hundreds of years causing a lot of destruction with the wildlife. 

Effects

  • Wildlife entanglement leading to deformations and low survival rates
  • Wildlife may eat the monofilament which could cause harm
  • Boat motor entanglement
  • Not biodegradable 

Potential Ways to Reduce

  • Recycling fishing line
  • Extra care should be taken to pick up loose fishing line and nets
  • Use fishing line with a shorter degradation period