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Industry moves to oppose Californian lead ban

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The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) is fighting moves to introduce a ban on fishing with lead weights in California.

A new plan to ban the use of lead, zinc and copper in fishing tackle has met with stiff opposition from the US recreational fishing industry.

The proposal is part of a Priority Product Work Plan released by the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC). But the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the industry’s representative body, has written to the department to point out the crippling economic impact of such a move.

In addition, through the ASA’s KeepAmericaFishing initiative, more than 650 letters have been sent to the DTSC asking it remove fishing weights and equipment from the list.

“Lead is inexpensive and outperforms alternative metals such as tin and tungsten in a variety of fishing equipment, so prohibiting its manufacture and sale could significantly impact fishing participation and recreational fishing-dependent businesses,” said an ASA spokesperson.

“California’s 1.7 million anglers have a $2.4 billion economic impact in the state.”

During the public comment period, more than 1,300 people spoke out about the inclusion of lead in the draft plan.



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