You've heard that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.
You know that plastic hangs around for about 600 years in the marine environment.
You might have read about that local voluntary action group working to maintain the local marine wildlife close to your favorite angling spots.
In the best case scenario, you reading this means you want to help by being the change. Not littering by taking your rubbish home and leaving your fishing spot cleaner than how you found it are great places to start.
For the angler who wants to know more- you've come to the right place! This webpage was designed to help inform you on how to prevent further gear loss to benefit both the environment and your pocket all the while encouraging you to understand the marine environment better and your capacity to support the local and global human and animal community through responsible actions, no matter how small…
If you're looking to know more about improving your angling techniques to support this ambition of yours, you might want to read:
Consider Line weight/thickness: A heavier line means it won’t get as abraded as its thinner alternative and will hold more efficiently against ruthless rocks- this will allow you to enjoy a snag-less fishing experience.
Consider Line strength: Lines need to be considerably stronger when fishing over rough ground from rock marks, whether you opt for braided or monofilament line.
Braided line: Braided lines are a type of fishing line that consists of several interwoven strands. Braid offers high breaking strengths with low diameters but has poor abrasion resistance, because of this it is recommended to not be used when fishing amongst rocky structures. If you are a big fan of braid and don’t want to change it, then perhaps consider connecting an 18-25 inches mono or fluoro leader to your mainline to provide the necessary abrasion resistance, this in turn will reduce the amount of lost tackle and plastic pollution in the sea.
If you're interested in knowing more, see our article below on how to help maintain your lines better...
Losing sinkers will not only amount to a significant loss of money, but will be immensely frustrating throughout your supposedly relaxing fishing session and will cause damage to the environment by not only littering but also leaching toxic chemicals into the marine environment; so for everyone’s sake please consider learning more about how to prevent gear loss.
Anglers are lost for choice when faced with the plethora of weight shapes and sizes available to them, however one should consult with an expert/local angling shop assistant prior to their purchase as there are several factors to consider such as:
You may also be interested in researching various alternatives to store-bought weights, do-it-yourself kits and sustainable/ eco-friendly variants.
Consider Rod Weight: If your rod is too heavy, it will be harder to detect where the bottom of the seabed is; this could lead to you spending your whole session sorting out snags.
Consider Rod Length: a long rod will allow you to have more control when trying to free the line after it gets caught between rock piles, kelp, and weed. Often rods between 9 to 12 ft (2.7 to 3.6 meters) are recommended to reduce the contact with anything that can catch or break your line. A longer rod also allows longer casting distances, better landing, and more accurate targeting.
Rod maintenance: occasionally you should examine the condition of the fishing line guides on your rod. These are the little hoops running down the length of the fishing rod which your line runs through to guide it when it de-spools and spools. The outside of the guide is usually made from metal, but the inner part is from hard plastic or even ceramic. If the inner part of the line guide is damaged, cut, or has fallen out completely, it can damage the line as it runs through the guide, fraying it or even causing it to break.
About Preventing Plastic Pollution:
This project is a European funded project which brings together a partnership with 18 organizations from across France and England. It seeks to understand and reduce the impacts of plastic pollution in the marine environment. By looking at the catchment from source to sea, the project is identifying and targeting hotspots for plastic, embedding behavioral change in local communities and businesses, and implementing effective solutions and alternatives.
The Project's Drop off Points:
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