Don’t leave discarded monofilament fishing line and tackle in the water – it can snag, entangle and cut swimmers and divers – not to mention birds, sea turtles, dolphins, rays and manatees – leading to injury or death.
Recycle line and tackle at monofilament-recycling stations at many piers and boat ramps.
And if you hook a pelican or other wildlife while fishing, don’t cut the line. Gently reel it in and remove the hook if you feel confident that you can do it without harming yourself or the bird. If you don’t, call Wildlife Inc. Education and Rehabilitation at 941-778-6324.