Ft Myers Beach

/ Category - Volunteer work

I periodically go out to try and clean up much of the fishing tackle and line that gets left tangled on the mangrove islands, though it is tough and there is only so much ground I can cover in one day. The fishing line can entangle birds, and manatee can accidently ingest it as they are foraging on the flats. I have come across two pelicans so far this year that were entangled in fishing line and hanging from trees. Unfortunately, I found them too late and they were already dead. The pictures are of line and tackle I pulled off just one island in about 3 hours.