CT Bill Would Ban Lead Sinkers, Jigs
February 18, 2011
A bill has been introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly that, if passed, would prohibit the sale and use of the most commonly used lead sinkers and jigs in state waters.
This comes on the heels of a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that a federal ban on lead fishing tackle is unwarranted. Further, anyone found in violation of this proposed ban could be fined $500 per incident.
According to fishing-advocacy groups such as KeepAmericaFishing, the ban on lead fishing tackle is unwarranted and will have a “significant negative impact on the state’s recreational anglers and fisheries resources, but a negligible impact on the waterfowl populations that it seeks to protect.” Connecticut anglers generate over $268 million in retail sales with a $445 million impact on the nation’s economy.
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