May 25, 2007

Fishing lead-free

Over 7 tons of lead was dredged up in one area of Miami recently. Source? Lead fishing tackle.

It's not only an environmental problem. It's a health issue.

Going lead-free makes sense. And it's trivially easy, with no real added cost. The Minnesota Pollution Control agency has a good list of suppliers, here.

I'm still researching the subject, but have contacted a couple of manufacturers, First Mate Lures and Timmy Toms, who both assure me that they use only non-lead materials and lead-free paint.

I will also cover the problem of lead in fishing poles and rods in my next blog post.

Tampa Bay Conservation League

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