ReelCycledevelops and partners with organizations to facilitate specific projects that meet our standards for conservation, sustainability, and financial responsibility.  

 

derelict Crab trap removal PROJECT

Working alongside Tampa Bay Watch's sponsored Derelict Crab Trap Removal Project, ReelCycle will recycle the traps collected working with national nonprofit and corporate partners.  

  • If you would like to donate or volunteer with this project, please email us at dsanderson@reelcycle.org.  Each donation is tax deductible and a receipt will be provided promptly.

Monofilament Fishing Line (MFL) Recovery Project

Every day, improperly discarded MFL causes devastating problems for marine life and the environment.  Unfortunately, MFL lost to the natural environment can linger in the environment as the material takes over 600 years to decompose. This MFL can also be very hazardous to marine life, bird life, and scuba divers through entanglement or ingestion.  The goals for the MFL Recovery Project are the following:

  • Work with local and state established programs and non-profit associations to collect MFL and dispose of the material properly.
  • Install monofilament recycling stations at local marinas, fishing piers, tackle shops, and tournament locations.
  • Mobilize volunteers and promote MFL clean up events.
  • If you would like to donate your MFL or cast net, please email us at dsanderson@reelcycle.org.  Each donation is tax deductible and a receipt will be provided promptly.

Fishing for Energy partnership with NFWF

ReelCycle has partnered with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to reduce the impact of derelict fishing gear (gear that is lost in the marine environment) on Florida marine wildlife and habitats.

Derelict fishing gear has been recognized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a major source of debris impacting the marine environment; damaging ecosystems due to nets and heavy equipment settling upon the ocean floor, as well as ‘ghost fishing,’ when a net continues to catch fish after it is lost. Derelict fishing gear can also impact navigational safety, damage fishing equipment and boats that are in use, and have economic repercussions on fishing enterprises and coastal communities.

ReelCycle has contracted National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to expand the Fishing for Energy partnership in Florida, launched in 2008 through collaboration among Covanta, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. The vision of Fishing for Energy is to provide a no-cost solution to fishermen to dispose of old, derelict or unusable fishing gear and to reduce the impact of derelict fishing gear on U.S. marine wildlife and habitats. The partnership works closely with state and local agencies, community groups, the fishing industry and local ports to achieve these goals and has established 44 locations in 10 states since 2008

ReelCycle’s on-the-ground effort will include establishing relationships with interested ports throughout the state and coordinating the disposal logistics of derelict fishing gear.

  • Partner with local and state agencies, commercial fisherman, and ports to properly collect and dispose of gear.
  • If you are interested in partnering with ReelCycle on any part of the process, please email us at dsanderson@reelcycle.org