State Loon Preservation Council is pushing for tighter ban on lead fishing tackle they say is killing off birds at alarming rate
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Loon Preservation Council is pushing for a tighter ban on lead fishing tackle they say continues to kill off birds at an alarming rate.
Over 100 supporters and opponents packed a hearing before a House committee Thursday on bill to change the ban on lead-weighted hooks, known as jigs, from 1 inch in length to 1 once ounce or less. The proposed change is based on the type of tackle removed from loons that die of lead poisoning, half of which is currently legal tackle.
Opponents argue that it will make the tackle in most fishermen's boxes and inventory held by small businesses obsolete, puts the state at a disadvantage in attracting out-of-state anglers and imposes a difficult enforcement burden on the Department of Fish and Game.