Sandy Hook Adopts Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program


Anglers at the Sandy Hook unit of Gateway National Recreation Area can now do their part for the environment thanks to a grant from the Sandy Hook Foundation that provides bins for recycling discarded fishing line. Monofilament fishing line, another name for single-strand, high-density, nylon fishing line that is used on fishing reels and in the manufacturing of fishing nets, is responsible for untold damage to endangered marine wildlife such as birds, fish, manatees and sea turtles, and poses a hazard to boaters and swimmers.

The project is part of the statewide Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program (MRRP), which aims to reduce environmental damage caused by fishing line, which can last up to 600 years in the environment. As a project partner, the National Park Service will maintain the recycling bins located at F lot, the Ranger Station, Plum Island, and Horseshoe Cove fishing beaches in the park, and help educate park visitors about the damaging effects of monofilament left in the environment.
The MRRP program recycles the line into Fish-Habs, another name for artificial, underwater, habitat structures that attract fish and encourage plant growth.

For more information about the Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program, or to start an effort in your area, visit


Photo by Jeff Gould

The endangered piping plover on the beach at Sandy Hook, next to discarded monofilament line


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