Seaside Sustainability collaborates with local, regional, and national partners to work on projects in the area of marine sciences.

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Casting out a line and reeling in a fish is the favorite activity of many anglers. Many of the lines that these anglers use require a monofilament or plastic fishing line. When these lines break, they pose a threat to many marine plants and animals. Because Seaside Sustainability supports the discovery of the ocean, we want to make recreational fishing a more sustainable activity. To achieve this, we build small collection receptacles for fishing line, putting them on piers and docks around Cape Ann. The collected lines are sent to be recycled and turned into other plastic products.

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.


  • 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



To learn more about plastics and their effects on the environment, watch National Geographic's "Plastics 101" video!