Used fishing gear drop-off added to Westport Marina

A program at the Westport Marina hopes to reduce the impacts of “derelict fishing gear” in local waters.

The announced that Fishing for Energy is a partnership between the Marine Debris Program, Covanta, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Schnitzer Steel Industries.

The program gives local fishermen the opportunity to get rid of their old or broken fishing gear instead of risking it ending up abandoned.

Through October 17th, fisherman can bring their unwanted gear to the Westport Marina office, Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm for disposal.

“We are excited to bring this opportunity to the Westport Marina for our many users,” said Westport Marina Manager Robin Leraas. “We hope our local fishermen will take advantage of this opportunity to help reduce derelict fishing gear from ending up in our oceans.”

There will be a public event to learn more about the program at 11am on Friday, October 14th, at the Westport Maritime Museum.

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