Legislation to safeguard lead in fishing tackle passed by US Senate
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Legislation has been passed in the US that could safeguard the use of lead in fishing tackle.
By a unanimous majority, the US Senate passed America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act which includes several ‘big wins’ for the recreational fishing industry, including the safeguarding of lead from ‘unwarranted’ federal regulations and bans.
Mike Leonard, Vice President of Government Affairs at the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the body which represents the sport in the US, said: “ The ACE Act supports a wide range of fish and wildlife conservation policies, including the National Fish Habitat Partnership authorisation as well as the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay restoration programmes.
“Enactment of this legislation would be a tremendous win for the recreational fishing community and we urge the House of Representatives to swiftly pass this broadly-supported legislation as it currently stands.”