NH Bill Would Ban Lead Jigs


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A bill (SB 224) has been introduced in the New Hampshire State Senate that would expand current restrictions on the use of lead sinkers and jigs in state waters by banning the use of any lead jig weighing 1 ounce or less. This comes on the heels of a 2010 decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that a federal ban on lead fishing tackle is unwarranted.

According to the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), an expanded ban on lead fishing tackle in New Hampshire would 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. It also points out that there is no scientific data to support such a ban. (Waterfowl do not typically ingest jigheads and lures weighted with lead.)

ASA also notes that the bill is not clear whether it seeks to ban sinkers and jigs, or any fishing lure weighted with lead that weighs 1 ounce or less. This could mean virtually all small fishing lures, including flies.

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