Launched on Earth Day, April 22, 2014, CBA’s Monofilament Recycling Program began as a class project for the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2013-2014 Destin FORWARD class. Each year, the Destin FORWARD group is tasked to come up with a positive impact on the Destin community. Understanding the economic ties Destin has to its waterways as a vacation/fishing destination, the 2013-2014 group knew establishing a Monofilament Recycling Program would benefit the health and sustainability of local waterways.

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Fishing line recycler installed at Thomas Pilcher Park.

Often, derelict fishing line finds its way into the marine environment, where it poses a threat to both humans and wildlife. Hundreds of fish, birds and land animals are entangled in monofilament each year. Wildlife monofilament entanglement results in drowning, starvation, loss of flipper, tail or wings and even death.Comprised of non-degradable plastic, monofilament takes over 600 years to break down!

CBA’s Monofilament Recycling Program bins are located at various points along the Destin Harborat Bluewater Bay Marina Complex in Niceville, FL, in Veterans and Ross Marler Parks on Okaloosa Island, at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant in Freeport, FL, as well as South Walton’s Cessna and Thomas Pilcher Parks.