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“Our club of over 100 members are enthused about partnering in this important endeavor,” said Sanibel Fly Fishers President Pete Squibb. “Our members are on the waters of Sanibel on a daily basis and we feel our membership can add significantly to meeting our mutual goals of educating folks of the hazards of cast-off fishing line to wildlife and the environment. We’re glad to have the opportunity to help give back to the local community through this program.”
Mind Your Line is a collaborative group of conservation organizations, including Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Sanibel Sea School, The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and the City of Sanibel.
The group’s mission is to reduce the harmful impacts of monofilament and other fishing gear on wildlife and the marine environment. Volunteers install monofilament collection bins on Sanibel and Captiva and collect the monofilament to be recycled properly.
“The partnership is a natural fit and it goes beyond funding,” said Sanibel Sea School Director Nicole Finnicum, a Mind Your Line representative. “We are so thankful for their support.”
Funds from the Sanibel Fly Fishers will help purchase new monofilament bins, help repair existing bins, and purchase materials for the group’s volunteers that work to monitor and empty the bins.