Chucking your lines

These days, we get plenty of encouragement to become ‘greener’ sailors. Usually it’s about not discharging oil, making more use of holding tanks, or whimsical suggestions about collecting our spent antifouling for safe disposal. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Here’s a small contribution to the cause which any of us who indulge in ‘a bit of fishing’ can make. We all achieve world-class tangles in our mackerel lines, and it’s so tempting just to toss the cut-off mess over the side. Anyone who has had a prop-shaft bearing stuffed by burned-in monofilament knows how antisocial this is. So does the poor old turbot unlucky enough to foul his pectoral fins.