Anglers have long sought a solution to eliminate waste and reduce their environmental impact. The current process for repurposing fishing line is complicated and time-consuming, while recycling programs for other tackle are virtually non-existent.
Berkley has teamed up with the BoatUS Foundation for the Recast & Recycle Contest to generate innovative ideas to improve the fishing tackle recycling process, increase the amount of fishing line that can be recycled, develop products from recycled items and discover new ways to reuse fishing line.
Contest submissions can address any and all of these goals to improve the recycling process, and winning entries will receive $15,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place.
Entries can include either a link to a video demonstration of the concept or a one-page graphic summary and must be submitted by the May 14, 2021 deadline. Berkley encourages professionals, amateur anglers and students to participate, either as individuals or part of a group collaboration.
A team of judges will evaluate submissions based on workability, practicality, innovation and potential impact on the overall recycling process with the winner announced later this summer.
To learn more about the Recast & Recycle contest and submit your entry, visit BoatUS.org/Contest (https://www.boatus.org/contest/.