Boy Scout Troop 414 Installs Fishing Line Recycling Containers at Riviera Beach
Score one for the environment - and for all the water creatures!
The Riviera Community Improvement Association (RCIA) has long been concerned about fishermen discarding fishing line and hooks along its shores. This debris that is left behind frequently gets tangled in aquatic birds' feet, trapping them and preventing them from moving or flying. The plastic filament can also be mistaken for food by fish and other aquatic creatures, and be ingested by them. Fishing hooks, with or without bait or lures, can become lodged in their stomachs, causing a slow, senseless, death. Another obvious hazard is to humans, who might step on rusty hooks, causing injury or infection.
Boy Scout Troop 414 of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church in Pasadena came to the rescue! On July 5, 18 Scouts and six adult volunteers made and installed three fishing line recycling containers in Riviera Beach. Led by Scoutmaster Jeff Bandoch and Troop Leader James Columb, these tubes were installed at the boat ramp, the fishing pier, and the Yacht Club. Alongside the containers, signs will soon be posted, explaining what the containers will be used for.
RCIA Webmaster Kelly Hunt hopes the recycling fish line containers will help teach citizens about recycling and the safety of fishing line. It is also hoped that these containers will keep the beaches clean of fishing line, thus protecting the local wildlife from entanglement. Hunt also hopes other waterfront communities will take the initiative to install similar containers.
It takes over 500 years for monofilament fishing line to decompose. If it is properly disposed of, it can be recycled and turned into useful products, such as tackle boxes and fishing line spools.
For more details, visit www.riviera-beach-md.org or the Associations Facebook page.