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California: Lead Fishing Tackle Ban Introduced
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:46:51 AM »

Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2018

By Soren Nelson, Pacific Southwest States Coordinator

On February 16, California Assembly Member Bill Quirk introduced Assembly Bill 2787, a bill that would outlaw the manufacturing, sale and purchase of lead fishing weights weighing less than 50 grams. AB 2787 has the potential to be among the strictest fishing tackle bans in the country, given the broad scope of weights and sinkers that would be banned under the provisions of the bill.

To date, no studies have been conducted in California that demonstrate lead tackle has an adverse impact on wildlife at a population level. A petition expressing concern with the bill is currently being circulated by the California Sportfishing League.

This is not the first time that lead fishing weights have been targeted by the state of California. In 2015, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control promulgated regulations that would have implemented a similar ban on lead fishing tackle. The regulations were later withdrawn following community feedback, which included comments submitted by the Congressional Sportsmenís Foundation (CSF) in conjunction with the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) California. In 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation that banned the use of lead ammunition while hunting, which goes into full effect on July 1 of next year.
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Re: California: Lead Fishing Tackle Ban Introduced
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2018, 07:13:06 PM »

The whole "adverse impact on wildlife at a population level" soundbite is a smokescreen tactic used to hide their ultimate goal. Some variation of that statement has been used in every state that has succeeded in putting a ban on lead tackle and ammunition.

Let's hope that California history repeats itself and this one doesn't pass either.
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Re: California: Lead Fishing Tackle Ban Introduced
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2018, 11:31:25 AM »

This is so crazy. I hope you California anglers rally against this.

Thankfully Northern California has an organization (I hope they still have it) called Black Bass Action Committee. They usually head these kind of things off and rally against them well.

I know we have a couple members from Sacramento where all the meetings where held, does anyone know if the BBAC is still active in these kinds of things.  :-\
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