Clear Your Gear is now operating under the new group name Mind Your Line. Founded in 2014, the project is a collaborative effort among island conservation organizations to reduce the amount of monofilament and fishing gear left in the environment, which is often detrimental to wildlife.

The project is being rebranded after encountering copyright challenges last year. “We learned that an individual had recently and unexpectedly claimed the rights to our previous name, so we had to pause and adjust our course,” said steering committee member Dr. Heather Barron, Medical and Research Director at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. “All of us on the Mind Your Line committee remain dedicated to the project’s purpose, and we plan to continue our work enthusiastically under our new name.”

Mind Your Line maintains more than 30 monofilament recycling bins on Sanibel, Captiva, and the Causeway Islands. The group has produced a variety of educational materials about the proper disposal of fishing gear, and how to safely assist entangled wildlife. Some exciting new initiatives are being planned for later this year, when Mind Your Line will also unveil a revised website and social media accounts.

Currently, participating organizations include CROW, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Sanibel Sea School, and the City of Sanibel. A representative from each group signed an updated memorandum of understanding in March to make the name change official.

To learn more, contact mindyourline@gmail.com.