Minn. wildlife conference to focus on lead tackle

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. - Minnesota's campaign to reduce lead in fishing tackle has stagnated in recent years, but the issue will be resurrected next month at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says more than 200 wildlife biologists from across the state are expected to attend the gathering in Bemidji. Topics are expected to include lead fishing tackle and lead firearms ammunition.

National tackle manufacturers have increased production of steel and tin split-shot sinkers to accommodate anglers in the small but growing number of states with bans on lead.

Authorities say individual anglers might only lose occasional lead tackle but it adds up. For example, in a study published in 2006, DNR fisheries biologist Paul Radomski concluded that in a 21-year period, anglers dumped more than 9 tons into Lake Mille Lacs.


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