The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a fishing line and trash cleanup in Estero Bay State Aquatic Preserve from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.
DEP is focusing on mangrove islands that function as bird nesting habitat. Boat transportation will be provided, according to DEP. Volunteers are asked to bring plenty of water, lunch and to wear clothing, which will get wet and dirty, and close-toed shoes. The group will leave from 700-1 Fisherman's Wharf on Fort Myers Beach.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling Cheryl Clark at 239-463-3240.
Discarded fishing lines can turn into deadly traps for marine wildlife and birds. Fishing lines (including monofilament, fluorocarbon and braided varieties) can take hundreds of years or more to decompose, and larger entanglements can kill repeatedly.