Is Fishing Line Bad for the Environment?

Fishing lines are used by anglers to catch fish, but they can also have a negative impact on the environment. Fishing line is made of plastic and other materials that can take hundreds of years to break down, leading to a buildup of litter in our oceans and waterways.

Even when discarded properly, fishing line can be ingested by aquatic wildlife, causing entanglement or internal damage. It can also become wrapped around plants and other debris, creating a hazard for animals that live in the water.

The good news is that anglers are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact of fishing line and are taking steps to reduce its effects. One way this is being done is through recycling programs that allow anglers to recycle their old fishing line instead of throwing it away. These programs collect discarded fishing line and either repurpose it or dispose of it in an environmentally responsible manner.

Many companies are also producing biodegradable fishing lines that break down over time, reducing the amount of plastic waste in our oceans and waterways. These lines are made from plant-based materials such as cotton or hemp, which decompose much faster than traditional fishing lines.

In addition to reducing the environmental impact of discarded fishing line, anglers can also take other steps to reduce their impact on the environment. This includes using barbless hooks to reduce injuries to fish and avoiding single-use plastics such as plastic packaging when purchasing bait or tackle.


Overall, fishing line does have an environmental impact but it can be managed with responsible practices from anglers. By recycling old fishing line and using biodegradable alternatives, anglers can help reduce the amount of plastic waste in our oceans and waterways while still enjoying their sport. Additionally, they should be mindful of other practices such as using barbless hooks and avoiding single-use plastics when purchasing bait or tackle.

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Daniel Bennet