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SCCF, Captiva Kayak join forces for Monofilament Madness Month

By Staff | Oct 8, 2010

A Great Blue Heron is pictured with a plastic can carrier caught around its neck.

Monofilament Madness is a Keep Lee County Beautiful annual event during which volunteers go out in boats, kayaks, canoes and anything else that floats, to remove monofilament fishing line and other harmful debris from the mangrove areas of Lee County. It is hoped that through greater awareness wildlife will be spared agonizing deaths from entanglement in monofilament fishing line.

Join SCCF for our first annual Monofilament Madness event by kayaking the mangrove edges of Buck Key on Tuesday, Oct. 19 to collect debris. The kayaks are being donated by Captiva Kayak. We will meet at McCarthy’s Marina for a morning of paddling to protect wildlife. High tide is around 10:15 a.m. Reservations are required so please call SCCF at 472-2329.

You can also collect mangrove debris any time in October from your favorite mangrove forest. Students can add to their community service hours by collecting debri from mangroves, take pictures and have their service form signed by SCCF.

The Monofilament Madness finale will be on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. until noon at the SCCF Nature Center, located at 3333 Sanibel-Captiva Road. SCCF will be 43 years young on that day so hot dogs and birthday cake will be served.

In addition, SCCF is requesting participants to please take pictures of their debris and monofilament finds, bring them to SCCF or e-mail them to dserage@sccf.org. From those pictures, we will pick a recipient of the Mad Hatter Award for best junk or the biggest monofilament glob. Your images will help promote this month long cleanup of our precious mangroves to protect wildlife.

Call 472-2329 and ask for Dee for more information and to participate.