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Lead in Fishing

Did you know that lead in fishing gear is dangerous to your health, the environment, and wildlife? Several northeast states have banned the use of lead fishing gear due to the dangers.

Lead-free fishing tackle
Lead-free fishing tackle is effective and is protective of waterfowl
  • Read about our program in a June 2008 article in the Berkshire Eagle.
  • Check out a Channel 5 Environmental report on the issue, broadcast in May of 2008.
  • Check out the projects below including how a Boy Scout has made a tremendous difference in his Massachusetts community by completing a TURI grant and see how he continues his work through his own web site.
  • Would you be interested in trying non-lead alternatives the next time you go fishing? We can send you a sample packet of weights for free. Contents include tin/bismuth, steel, and ceramic alternatives. Contact Joy Onasch at 978-934-4343.

Hopkington Great Sinker Swap

The Woodville Rod & Gun Club worked with the public and educated the need to replace lead sinkers used in fishing with lead-free sinkers. Read more...

Lead-Free Fishing in Marthas Vineyard

The Lead-Free Vineyard Fishing project was enacted by the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah. Read more...

Mass Wildlife Articles

Read about lead hazards and how you can help to get the lead out through a series of articles published in Massachusetts Wildlife in 2008.

Lead Fishing Weight Exchange in Milton

A Boy Scout, with Troop 5 in Milton, obtained his Eagle Badge by working to remove 40 to 60 pounds of lead from the use of recreational fishing by attending fishing derbies and offering lead-free sinkers in exchange for lead sinkers. Read more...