Interior secretary reverses ban on lead fishing tackle

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (seated) is shown with National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich (center, right) and representatives of other outdoor groups.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (seated) is shown with National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich (center, right) and representatives of other outdoor groups.

In his first day on the job, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two orders Thursday that the department said expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing and recreational opportunities nationwide.

The department said the orders deliver on promises that President Donald Trump and Zinke made to expand access to the nation’s public lands. Representatives of sportsman, conservation and recreation organizations praised the actions.

“Outdoor recreation is about both our heritage and our economy. Between hunting, fishing, motorized recreation, camping and more, the industry generates thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity,” Zinke said in a statement.

“Over the past eight years, however, hunting and recreation enthusiasts have seen trails closed and dramatic decreases in access to public lands across the board,” he said. “It worries me to think about hunting and fishing becoming activities for the land-owning elite. This package of secretarial orders will expand access for outdoor enthusiasts and also make sure the community’s voice is heard.”

The orders were:

  • Secretarial Order No. 3346, whichoverturns the recent ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle used on Fish and Wildlife Service lands, waters and facilities. The order highlights the need for additional review and consultation with local stakeholders.
  • Secretarial Order No. 3347, whichdirects bureaus and agencies to immediately identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded.

The order also requests input from the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council and the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council to provide recommendations on enhancing and expanding access on public lands and improving habitat for fish and wildlife.


11 comments on “Interior secretary reverses ban on lead fishing tackle

  1. Mark

    Lead is Poisonous and should be eliminated as much as possible from our environment, for your health and mine! I have been using non-lead shot for bird hunting for many years, I don’t see any hindrance doing the same in my fishing tackle box. What is the motivation here, what am I missing?

  2. Phil

    Lead is poison!! Lead ammunition is the leading killer of birds that eat carrion such as the California Condor now coming back from near extinction. No one is saying don’t hunt, just use lead free shot. It isn’t that hard – the Interior Secretary should do his homework. Damn this is frustrating.

  3. Michael

    Of all the significant issues our environment faces this is one of the first priorities of the new Interior Secretary. Allow more lead into our lakes,streams, oceans and public lands.
    For all of you who voted for Donald Trump and his “Draining the Swamp”
    I hope you realize how his Cabinet choices are going to affect your children and your grandchildren.

  4. Travis

    Wow! I bet our friends in Flint, Mi are delighted to hear this news…

    Is it just me, or is it kind of disheartening to see Thom applauding this in the background??


  5. Katherine C. DOnahue

    What possible reason could Zinke give for allowing lead to be used? I agree that the ethos is “If Obama did it then we must change it” but this like stream dumping is active pollution….do they sleep at night?

  6. psk

    I agree, Jim…
    But I wouldn’t go as far as calling Zinke a gentleman. At least not before he earns it by showing a more responsible attitude towards lead poisoning of the environment – incl. us and future generations – when there are healthy alternatives.
    Trump famously said (Las Vegas, Feb. 2015): “I love the uneducated…”. Several of the new leaders in his administration seems only too eager to live up to this motto.

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