Fishing for Energy to Dock In Montauk

Attention Fishermen and Fisherwomen: Fishing for Energy is here! Bring your unwanted fishing gear to the Montauk Transfer Station for free!

I want to let everyone know that East Hampton has been chosen to participate in a great program! It is called “Fishing for Energy” and is a partnership between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Covanta Energy Corporation and Schnitzer Steel Industries. Also part of the partnership is Gershow Recycling, whose mission is “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past”. They are offering their services to this important program at no cost to the partnership! THANK YOU GERSHOW!!!

This is how it works. Gershow will deliver a dumpster to the Montauk Transfer Station. People can bring their unwanted fishing gear and place it in the dumpster. When full, Gershow will remove the dumpster, reclaim and recycle the metals, and haul the waste to a Covanta “Waste to Energy” facility where it will be turned into energy. And then the process repeats!!

All this at NO COST TO THE TOWN and a great benefit to the Community.

The dumpster is at the Montauk Transfer Station NOW and is ready to be filled up!! There will be a magnetic sign on the dumpster that reads "I'm maximizing net returns!" with the logos of the respective partners.

People who bring their FISHING GEAR to the Montauk Transfer Station will not be charged an entrance or tipping fee- they can dispose of their unwanted FISHING GEAR for FREE!

Gear that can be placed in the dumpster includes: Nets (nylon, polypropylene and monofilament). Please make sure these are as dry as possible with organic debris removed. Fishing gear rigging (trawl dragger cookies, cans, rollers and chains).Traps and Pots (wood or vinyl coated wire). Please remove bricks and try to crush these. Line (nylon, polypropylene). Please coil as tightly as possible.

Please note that if anyone places any household trash or other debris in the dedicated dumpster, the program will end, and we will lose this valuable opportunity!

Tell your friends to tell our fishermen that they can bring their unwanted fishing gear to the Montauk Transfer Station!! Also tell them if anything other than fishing gear is placed in the bins they’ll be shark bait! (Just kidding- they might not become shark bait- but we could lose the program!)

Thank you NFWS, NOAA, Covanta and Schnitzer for choosing East Hampton to be one of 30 Fishing Ports in America to participate in this Partnership! A great big THANK YOU to GERSHOW for your contribution as well. Also thanks to East Hampton’s Supervisor and Sanitation Supervisor for giving me the “thumbs up” to pursue this Partnership many months ago, and to our Highway Superintendent for agreeing to squash down the gear every so often with his gear squashing pay-loaders. And last, thank you (in advance) to all those who will bring their unwanted fishing gear to the dedicated dumpster at the Montauk Transfer Station.

Stay tuned... there will be an event at the Transfer Station on World Oceans Day- June 8 at 11am.


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