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NMMA urges members to oppose lead-tackle ban

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is urging its members to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject a request to ban all lead in fishing tackle.

Last month, the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the EPA to enact a ban under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The ban would include sinkers, jigs, weighted fly line and components that contain lead, such as brass and ballast in a variety of lures, including spinners and stick baits.

"The petition was presented with the aim of reducing bird deaths caused by the ingestion of lead sinkers and jigheads. However, a study conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that less than 1 percent of all waterfowl and other birds, such as eagles, are killed by lead sinker ingestion," the NMMA said.

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