CanDo is excited to introduce you to our newest project. Its goal is to protect wildlife by keeping discarded monofilament fishing line out of our waterways and wetlands (and wildlife).

The CA Div. of Boating and Waterways and the CA Coastal Commission websites provide instructions for making personal containers that anglers can use to store tangled fishing line until it can be properly disposed of.

It’s part of a program called Stow It Don’t Throw It. This is a youth-driven nationwide project that’s coordinated in partnership with Mote Marine Laboratory and the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program in Florida.

CanDo wants to help interested young people in the Napa Valley join this effort. We’ll help combat the dangers of monofilament fishing line by making and distributing these personal-sized fishing line recycling cans to Napans who are anglers and boaters.

Let’s get started, Napa!
You can help by:
• Collecting empty tennis ball canisters.
• Spreading the word to a youth group you know (or your family?)

For more information, contact Karen: karen@nvcando.org

Then what? Can fishing line be recycled?

At some popular fishing locations and tackle shops, used fishing line is collected then shipped off to be recycled by facilities not in Napa County.

Here in Napa County, please do not put fishing line in the blue recycling cart. Otherwise, it will wrap around the recycling machinery and cause havoc on the recycling systems (just like it does if improperly disposed of in the environment).

If disposing of it at home, please bag it and place it in the landfill cart.

If you fish, or know someone who does, please help us get out the word about safely disposing of this potentially dangerous material!

There are three of these permanent fishing line recycling stations located at Lake Berryessa– with more coming soon to the Napa area.