Free fishing gear disposal program extended to mid-April

Fishermen have until mid-April to take advantage of the free fishing gear disposal program. Notice of the program’s extension was sent to local fishermen in an email from the program’s Island coordinator, Lynn Fraker this week.

The gear, which can include line, nets, and old pots, but no buoys or fiberglass, should be dropped off at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional Refuse District. Fishermen are asked to leave gear outside the bins so it can be properly sorted.

The program gives Martha’s Vineyard fishermen an opportunity to dispose of worn-out and discarded fishing gear at no coast to them as part of a project called Fishing for Energy, funded through a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and private businesses.