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TOPIC: Seeking views on possible ban on lead for weights.

Seeking views on possible ban on lead for weights. 5 years 7 months ago #1

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As a member of the Angling Trust's national Conservation & Access group I have been asked to express my views to the AT board on a current EU discussion relating to the use of lead for fishing weights.
There is concern relating to toxicity of lead & the quantity of lost sinkers in the sea.
Regulations already exist within the freshwater environment that restrict the use of lead based weights below a certain size there.

Scientific reports indicate that pure lead is virtually insoluable in water.
I have so far responded that my personal view is that there is no justification for banning lead for sinkers over a size that birds could reasonably be expected to be able to swallow.
There should be no reason not to use lead weights above 1 or 2 ozs in the marine environment.

I further commented that I did not think there would be any support for such a ban from rank & file sea anglers.

Your views on this subject would be appreciated.

Please submit your comments by way of replying to this thread so that a picture of the general concensus can be built up in one place that can be advised to AT head office. You do not have to be a member of the AT in order to register to add comments.

Many thanks.
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