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Friends of Gile Flowage installs fishing line disposal units


Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

THE FRIENDS of the Gile Flowage have installed PVC-pipe fishing line recycling units at boat landings on the flowage. It will allow fishermen to properly dispose of unwanted or used fishing line, rather than littering or throwing it in the garbage, where it can harm animals that try to eat it or use it for nesting material.

GILE, Wis. - Most fishermen are used to seeing the unfortunate sight of strands of monofilament fishing line in the water and surrounding brush, a sight the Friends of the Gile Flowage hopes becomes less common.

It has recently installed PVC-pipe fishing line recycling units at boat launches around the flowage.

As the monofilament isn't biodegradable, it can pose a hazard to the flowage's animals, according to Cathy Techtmann, FOG president.

"As a high-density plastic, it can persist in the environment for hundreds of years. Loons and other birds and animals can easily become entangled in...

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