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E-M:/ Minnesota companies dive into lead-free tackle industry
- Subject: E-M:/ Minnesota companies dive into lead-free tackle industry
- From: Jeff Gearhart <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 09:37:20 -0400
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Title: Minnesota companies dive into lead-free tackle
I stopped by my local tackle shop over the weekend and noticed a
near complete absence of lead-free tackle. Other then some tin
split shot, everything was still lead. A recent Michigan DNR
study showed that somewhere over 20% of loon fatalities were caused by
lead poisoning from fishing tackle.
Could someone from DEQ and/or DNR provide an update as to which
Michigan retailers are stocking lead-free tackle?
Lots of information on alternatives at a great site on the issue
by State of Minnesota:
Minnesota companies dive into lead-free tackle
June 19, 2005 LEAD0620
DULUTH, Minn. - The state that brought Rapalas and Lindy
Rigs to the fishing industry is on the forefront of another trend.
This time, some Minnesota fishing tackle companies are encouraging a
switch from lead jigs and sinkers to new tackle that may be safer for
birds, fish and other wildlife.
Kevin McDonald, head fishing tackle education coordinator for
the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, said the use of new
tackle could create jobs in Minnesota.
"We're really glad to see Minnesota companies diving
into this now. Minnesota is the center of the fishing industry
universe,'' McDonald said. "And we didn't want to see our
companies turn into dinosaurs.''
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104