Dangers of Improperly Discarded Fishing Line by Amanda Sebrosky, WCAS Member and Founder Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society
National Audubon Society estimates that one million shorebirds die every year as a result of marine debris with over 300,000 of those deaths attributed to discarded fishing lines and hooks.
Dangers of Improperly Discarded Fishing Line
By Amanda Sebrosky, WCAS Member and Founder Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society
Discarded fishing line poses a danger to humans, machinery, pets and wildlife.
Results can be deadly if your dog or cat happens to eat an animal that is tangled in fishing line or has ingested it, particularly if a hook is still attached. Humans can step on hooks, requiring surgical removal. Weed whackers can require unnecessary maintenance if the line tangles the rotor and boats can suffer damage if old fishing line is caught between the boat’s propellers.
Wildlife, however, bears the brunt of fishing line that has been irresponsibly discarded. According to Coastal Breeze News, fishing line filaments, with or without hooks, that have been discarded along our beaches and waterways are the leading cause of wildlife entanglement. Furthermore, National Audubon Society estimates that one million shorebirds die every year as a result of marine debris with over 300,000 of those deaths attributed to discarded fishing lines and hooks.
Discarded lines are dangerous to wildlife in many ways. Lines wrapped around a tree limb can trap a bird like a snare. Lines that have been used in nesting can trap a fledgling if the line gets wound around a leg or wing. Entanglement in lines can lead to choking or cut-off circulation causing a limb to die and rot away. Animals that eat line can eventually starve to death. Hooks can lacerate throats or beaks.
Each one of us has a part to play in protecting ourselves, our wildlife and our pets from the dangers of improperly discarded fishing line.
Here are suggestions rom the 'Save Coastal Wildlife' group of simple things that you can do to help:
Additionally, Costal Breeze News has these suggestion for helping wildlife:
The bottom line is that …..
Always discard fishing line in appropriate containers and pick-up any discarded fishing line you see. Encourage your city and parks to install collection bins for fishing line. Just as award-winning Cleveland Metroparks has done, Bay Village Service Department will be implementing this program in Walker Park starting the next fishing season.
If you find an animal that is tangled in fishing line or is hooked, DO NOT attempt to remove it yourself. Immediately take the animal to the nearest rehabilitation facility such as Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village, OH.
The wildlife you save will enrich our world and be there for all of us to enjoy.
If you want to build you own container to hang, watch this video.
Photographs are courtesy of Tim Jasinski, Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, OH 44140. Map | Website | Phone | Facebook
About Author Amanda Sebrosky - Having grown up on a farm in Northeastern Ohio, I have always loved animals. My father gave me a sense of the importance of birds and my mother instilled in me the importance of volunteerism and contributing to causes that would support conservation. I obtained a BA in Biology from Case Western Reserve University, an RN from Cuyahoga Community College and a MS from Cleveland State University College of Urban Affairs, Environmental Track. Since retiring from University Hospitals IT department in 2017, I have concentrated on volunteerism and currently am active at Cleveland Metroparks and Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in the Lights Out program. I am a graduate of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water District Master Rain Gardener Class of 2019. While I love all things wild, I am working to promote the use of native plants and chimney swift conservation. Add your 'Like' to the Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society Facebook Page. Contact: Amanda Sebrosky, Founder, Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (440) 610-1148. Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/chimneyswiftconservation
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