Majority against ban on lead fishing tackle - 134 participants

Jun 01, 2016

On June 1, a new law took effect that bans lead fishing tackle weighing one ounce or less. The law was passed in 2013.  Prior to that bill, the state banned larger lead sinkers. Read more about this issue. On June 1, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you support the ban on lead fishing tackle?”

“Do you support the ban on lead fishing tackle?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Lead Fishing Tackle NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 134 participants gave 296 responses

A total of 87% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 13% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 296 responses from 134 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A majority, at 65% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, opposed banning lead fishing tackle.

  • “There is absolutely zero scientific evidence that animals eat lead sinkers.”
  • “Lead is naturally occurring in NH. Chunks of galena—natural mineral lead—can be found in many rivers. Not saying that the sinkers and tackle aren't ingested by birds, but ‘poisoning our water’ is a misinformed position.”
  • “At this point, lead sinkers are almost non-existent for sale in NH. Why regulate something that market forces have already corrected?”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 35%, supported banning lead fishing tackle.  

  • “Yes, the lead kills the loons.”
  • “The weights can fall off—and even if they don't, the lead seeps into the water. Lead shouldn't be used around people or food.”
  • “Yes of course. There’s no reason weights need to be made of a poisonous substance.”

Other: As noted above, 13% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Broadening the discussion to include where tackle is sold: “We need to stop selling in the stores and sporting goods stores as well.” 
  • Questioning how the law can be enforced: “It has been done in other states. It makes sense, but who is going to enforce it?”
  • Expressing concern that lead fishing tackle was not already banned: “I thought NH EPA banned lead sinkers years ago.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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