Eastern IFCA joins the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme
Eastern IFCA are excited to announce that starting this October we are joining Sussex and Northumberland IFCA in supporting the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme (Anglers NLRS). The scheme, which was launched in Sussex in 2016 and rolled out nationally in 2018, aims to provide a way of recycling fishing line that would usually be single-use and end up either in landfill or the sea. The 2018 Marine Conservation Society Great British Beach Clean found that on average over 494 beaches surveyed, there were 14.5 bundles of fishing line for every 100 metres of beach cleaned around the UK. These lines don’t biodegrade and can entangle marine animals, leaving them vulnerable to predation, starvation and drowning.
In a bid to reduce the impact of single-use plastics on the marine environment, Eastern IFCA are now a fishing line recycling point. This means you can drop your used fishing line into our office, including braided fishing lines, monofilament and fly lines. This line will then be sent to the Anglers NLRS for recycling. During routine patrols on the Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk coasts, our Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officers will be raising awareness about the initiative among recreational sea anglers, tackle shops and local businesses.
Eastern IFCA have also recently joined the East of England Plastic Coalition, with the aim of supporting Anglian Water on their pledge to rid East Anglia’s waterways of problem plastics by 2030. Our work on these initiatives will contribute towards achieving the IFCA vision of successfully securing the right balance between the social, environmental and economic benefits of fishing to ensure healthy seas and sustainable fisheries.