Monofilament Recycling

Sydney started The “Stow It-Don’t Throw It” Project chapter in Virginia. She’s been busy since attending the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit last year! I caught up with her in Beaufort and she shared updates on her work.

River Awareness Day in Kinston with Lenoir County Boys & Girls Club members. Turtle Team provided kayak instruction, service learning with a monofilament recycling project and water science with assistance from George Matthis of River Guardian Foundation!

Engaging others about our impact of the river to the sea.

Monofilament Recycling Containers

We discussed marine debris awareness and prevention and assembled 350 fishing line recycling containers with the help of 25 middle school students at our Earth Day event!

Love A Sea Turtle is the North Carolina coordinator for Stow It-Don’t Throw It – a marine debris awareness and prevention project. With the help of area racquet clubs who collect the empty tennis and racquetball containers for us, we repurpose them into personal-size fishing line recycling containers. With the velcro straps, they can be attached to a kayak, boat, table, belt loop, etc. for collecting discarded fishing line and hooks and preventing marine life entanglement.

Service Project Video

A group of ECU Honors College students partnered with Love A Sea Turtle for a monofilament recycling service project. Here’s their video recapping the project. “Together, you and me can keep a turtle safe at sea!”

Monofilament Recycling & Sea Turtle Awareness

Thank you East Carolina Honors College students! A group selected Love A Sea Turtle to help with a semester long service project. These students set up an awareness table that included assembling monofilament recycling containers. They are collecting empty tennis ball containers on campus from tennis clubs!!!

Monofilament Recycling Containers

Personal size monofilament recycling containers are now at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores in Morehead City and Jacksonville. These were assembled by Boys & Girls Club members and ECU students.