We join the staff at the J.N. “Ding” Darling Refuge in saluting their trio of “Monofilament Busters” — Claudia Burns, Doris Hardy and Carol Strange, pictured above — as they hang up their scissors after 11 years of clearing monofilament and other harmful fishing gear from mangroves in the Refuge.
The volunteer trio and their Operations Scissors team (as well as their Operation Jaws team before that) have spent countless hours in kayaks plying the island waters. Diligently, they have helped clear the Refuge for the benefit of our local wildlife, preventing the perils of entanglement which often lead to severe injury and death. The trio will stay involved as they pass the scissors to a new monofilament removal team.
They’d be the first to remind you to please remember to dispose of your fishing gear responsibly. Click here for more information on how to “Mind Your Line” during your next visit to Sanibel!