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Mind Your Line launches improvements

By Staff | Jul 30, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED A monofilament bin with Mind Your Line's new signage at The Bait Box on Sanibel.

Mind Your Line, a collaborative effort among Sanibel-Captiva conservation organizations to reduce the amount of monofilament line and fishing gear left in the environment, has installed new educational signage at multiple locations on Sanibel.

The group has also launched a rebranded website and social media pages.

Formerly called Clear Your Gear, the project was renamed Mind Your Line after encountering unexpected copyright challenges last year, but the mission remains the same.

“Our goal has always been to educate the fishing community about fishing gear-related wildlife injuries, and how to prevent them,” Audrey Albrecht, coastal wildlife manager at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, said. “That is still what we aim to accomplish, but our name change has provided an opportunity to add some exciting new tools.”

Educational signs have been posted near more than 20 of the group’s monofilament recycling bins, including locations along the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Wildlife Drive.

The new signage provides steps to follow if you accidentally hook or encounter injured wildlife while on the water, as well as instructions to report the location of monofilament to cleanup volunteers.

“Individuals often spot monofilament in the environment that could entangle animals, but do not have the tools to remove it,” Albrecht said. “Our simple online reporting form will help us determine where to focus our cleanup efforts.”

Rebranded pages on Facebook and Instagram will offer photos, tips and project updates.

Participating organizations include the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Sanibel Sea School, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and city of Sanibel.

For more information about the program, visit mindyourline.org or follow Mind Your Line on Facebook and on Instagram @mind_your_line.