Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Does Lost Lead Tackle Cause Enviro-harm?
Even the best fishermen get hung up and lose tackle from time to time. This article in the Duluth News Tribune reveals that this "slow trickle" of lead into our fisheries can build up and cause environmental problems. According to a study conducted on some of Minnesota's favorite walleye lakes, anglers lose one piece of lead tackle for every 31 hours spent fishing. The Minnesota DNR estimates that more than 8 tons of lead are lost each year. The study was prompted when it was found that one in four Loons die from lead poisoning. Environmentalists want a ban on lead tackle. Their critics say loon populations are fine and there is no need to legislate a ban.