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Artist to purchase old fishing rope at buyback program in Hancock

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

HANCOCK, Maine — Fishermen looking to get some money back for old rope they are no longer using will have the chance to sell it Friday at a recycling center on Route 182.

The buyer, artist Orly Genger, is offering to pay 50 cents per pound for the old rope.

The buyback will be Friday, July 11 at Coastal Recycling Center in Hancock, near the intersection of routes 1 and 182. Laura Ludwig, who managed buyback programs for the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation and who works for the Center for Coastal Studies, will be organizing Friday’s session.

Fishermen interested in selling old rope should bring only 7/16ths, half-inch, or 9/16ths-diameter rope. Sink rope, polysteel (Manline) and neutrally buoyant “whale” rope will be accepted.

Genger is looking to collect about 200,000 pounds of rope over the next 15 months, during which time additional buyback times and locations will be scheduled throughout coastal New England.

Genger has received national attention for the large-scale installation sculptures that have been exhibited in New York, Indianapolis, Massachusetts, and Texas, among other places.

For more information about Genger, visit her Facebook page.

Fishermen are encouraged to call or email in advance to make arrangements for the quantity of rope they want to sell, either on Friday or at a later date. Ludwig can be reached at or by calling 263-5300.


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