EFTTA calls on trade to stop making lead weights over 0.06g
The European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) has called on the industry to voluntarily stop making, importing and selling some fishing weights made of lead.
The body, which represents the tackle trade in Europe, has published a position statement on angling lead weights and sinkers. The move follows last year’s Convention on Migratory Species which included a chapter specifically on lead fishing weights.
This contained both legislative and non-legislative measures to reduce the use of lead sinkers.
In its statement EFTTA says that it does not agree with every detail in the proposed recommendations, but wanted to be ‘pro-active’ by promoting its position to recreational anglers and the fishing tackle trade.
EFTTA has called on the fishing tackle trade and angling community to voluntarily reduce the use of lead weights to a minimum and use them only where there are no suitable alternatives. It also proposes that lead weights heavier than 0.06g should be made from suitable alternatives to lead.
EFTTA is appealing to manufacturers and the angling community to voluntarily stop manufacturing, importing, selling and using weights (sinkers) made of lead above 0.06g and replace them with alternatives by 2020 at the latest.
Sizes below 0.06g cannot be made adequately without the use of lead and EFTTA says that some very small split shot and styl sizes could still be used. These include:
- Maximum split shot in lead Number 8 (0.06g);
- Maximum stly in lead Number 11 (0.048g).
The position statement was signed by EFTTA CEO Jean-Claude Bel and supported by the following angling organisations: Alleanza Pescatori Ricreativi (Italy), Danmarks Sportfiskerforbund (Denmark), Estonian Sport Fishing Federation, Federazione Italiana Pesca Sportiva e Attività Subacquee (Italy), Finnish Federation for Recreational Fishing, Fishing Association of Slovenia, Sportfiskarna (Sweden), Sportvisserij Nederland (Netherlands), Osterreichisches Kuratorium fur Fischerei und Gewasserschutz (Austria), Confederation Internationale de la Peche Sportive and the International Confederation of Sportfishing.