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Here’s a tip for today: Please don’t leave your line behind.

Marine debris, such as fishing line and plastic bags, continue to be a problem in Florida.  It has the potential to damage boat engines by clogging intake valves and entangling in propellers, and also harms aquatic life.  Plastic bags are deadly to sea turtles that mistake them for jellyfish, their favorite food.  Fishing line snares pelicans and other coastal water birds.  When an entangled bird is able to fly back to its rookery with yards of line dangling behind it, it can entrap other birds that fly to that location.

Help protect Rookery Bay and coastal marine life:

  • Properly dispose of all trash.
  • Secure all loose items so they do not blow overboard.
  • Retrieve misguided fishing line from trees.



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