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Alaskan Boy Scout Project Helps Eliminate Fishing Line Waste

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A boy scout in Alaska teamed up with the Alaskan Waterways Council to help reduce amount of fishing line left at lakes.

Discarded fishing line can become a serious issue for wildlife if they become entangled in the line, which in some cases leads to a slow death. Thanks to a local boy scout, Alaskan fishermen can avoid this disaster by properly discarding their fishing line in the numerous receptacles the boy scout has added to fishing areas,

After helping to collect over 21 miles of fishing line during a local clean up project, 17-year-old Kyler decided it was time for a change. He came up with an idea to set up recycling containers at various points along lakes where fisherman can throw away their fishing line.

Thanks to a grant he received from the Anchorage Park Foundation, Boy Scout Troop 214 helped build 20 recycling containers to be put to use. The PVC containers are now set up at various lakes around Anchorage. More popular locations have multiple ones. All the fishing line being collected will be sent to Berkley at the end of the main fishing season to be recycled.

Berkley has helped recycle or reuse over 9,000,000 miles of fishing line since they started the recycling program in 1990. They respool enough fishing line to give every angler in the United States two spools each.

Whatever Berkely cannot respool is used with their Fish-Habs program. The monofilament line is combined with discarded line spools and other discarded plastics to make artificial structures. These square, four-foot containers are used the world over to help attract fish to areas and stimulate plant growth by anyone who wants them.

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Alaskan Boy Scout Project Helps Eliminate Fishing Line Waste