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Publication date: Sep. 22, 1999
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Aug. 12 proposed creating 13 "Lead-Free Fishing Areas" in National Wildlife Refuges across the U.S. to protect common loons from poisoning when they swallow lost or discarded lead fishing tackle. By 2001, anglers fishing in lead-free areas must use products made from lead alternatives such as tin, tungsten, stainless steel, plastic, or ceramic. Maine has already outlawed sale of lead sinkers beginning in 2002 and started an outreach program, giving "Hooked on Fishing" kits with lead-free sinkers to kids across the state. Eric Eckl, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 202-208-5636. Susan Hitchcox, Maine Audubon Society, 207-781-2330. Mike Horak, American Sportfishing Assoc., 703-519-969. Mark Latti, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 207-287-6008. Doug Crumrine, Bullet Weights (manufacturer of lead-free fishing gear), 308-382-7436.
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