The National Marine Manufacturers Association is asking the recreational boating industry to voice its support for legislation to protect the right to fish on the nation's waterways.
The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Sports Protection Act would prevent a federal ban on lead in recreational fishing tackle and help to ensure that any future regulations on fishing tackle are established on the basis of scientific data.
The sale and use of lead fishing tackle, including sinkers, jigs and other widely used tackle, is under threat of elimination. The most recent attempt to ban lead tackle nationwide was defeated last November when the Environmental Protection Agency denied a petition to ban lead fishing tackle under the Toxic Substances Control Act, according to the NMMA.
Despite the EPA's ruling, this issue is not yet resolved.