Governor signs bill banning 1 ounce lead jigs from being used in New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A bill banning a type of lead fishing tackle blamed for killing loons will be law in New Hampshire in three years.
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed the bill Tuesday that gives retailers time to sell the banned tackle to people living in states where it is legal. The ban takes effect June 1, 2016, and prohibits the use of lead-weighted hooks known as jigs that weigh an ounce or less. Selling the banned jigs will be a violation with a fine of up to $250.
The current law prohibits lead jigs that are an inch long or less.
New Hampshire lists the loon as a threatened species and was the first state to pass a partial ban on lead tackle in 1998.