Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

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Authors' Class Standing

Thomas LePree, Sophomore Andrew Ankeny, Sophomore

Lead Presenter's Name

Thomas LePree

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Anke Arnaud

Abstract

Monofilament line is currently one of the most popular fishing products available. Its dependability and price point make it the obvious choice for both beginner and experienced fishermen. Unfortunately, when it is improperly disposed of, the line poses a major threat to the environment because it entraps and entangles marine habitats and life, causing the slow degradation of an ecosystem. This project entails local recovery and recycling efforts of monofilament fishing line from the Volusia County beaches and waterways. Using previously designed recycling bins from the BoatUS foundation, the project focuses on implementing these bins in more convenient and popular locations for fishermen. The project group has prepared 10 new collection bins ready for implementation and has secured the resources to implement 5 more. Collection of the line will begin November 17th of this year and all monofilament gathered will be shipped off to the Berkley fishing line recycling center. Through complete implementation of this plan, our project serves as an impetus for the vision of a cleaner, healthier and more natural marine ecosystem.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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Monofilament Line Recovery

Monofilament line is currently one of the most popular fishing products available. Its dependability and price point make it the obvious choice for both beginner and experienced fishermen. Unfortunately, when it is improperly disposed of, the line poses a major threat to the environment because it entraps and entangles marine habitats and life, causing the slow degradation of an ecosystem. This project entails local recovery and recycling efforts of monofilament fishing line from the Volusia County beaches and waterways. Using previously designed recycling bins from the BoatUS foundation, the project focuses on implementing these bins in more convenient and popular locations for fishermen. The project group has prepared 10 new collection bins ready for implementation and has secured the resources to implement 5 more. Collection of the line will begin November 17th of this year and all monofilament gathered will be shipped off to the Berkley fishing line recycling center. Through complete implementation of this plan, our project serves as an impetus for the vision of a cleaner, healthier and more natural marine ecosystem.