Sea Stewards Learn about Monofilament Recycling

Written by Keith_Rittmaster. Posted in Uncategorized

Sea Steward Learners 2010
These “Sea Stewards” were part of a field  course through the NC Maritime Museum where they  volunteered with local marine conservation efforts.

They spent a day with us (Cape Lookout Studies Program) checking some of our Monofilament Recovery and Recycling bins at the beach, on a fishing pier, the docks in downtown Morehead City and a fishing spot at Harkers Island Bridge. Often their arms would disappear down the bin. Some of what they pulled up was clean, coiled fishing line. However, even though there is a large NO GARBAGE sign, they also pulled up drink cans and bottles (some half full), dead fish, food wrappers and an odd mix of vegetation. The students were real troopers and kept at it even as it got hot and smelly. We then took our collection from the bins back to our work space and showed them how we sort the contents, weight the fishing line and record all the information on a data sheet. We showed them one of the fish habitats that are made from the fishing line/monofilament that we mail to the recyclers.
Keith Rittmaster with fish habitat
made from recycled monofilament
We hope this program is continued next summer.

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Comments (2)

  • Anonymous


    How is that hand truck both in front of and behind the post…? Seems like an optical illusion…


  • Corinne


    Where do you send the monofilament once it’s been retrieved and the data has been entered?


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